Thomas Andrew Nail

Thomas Andrew Nail


  • Faculty

What I do

I am interested in developing a philosophy of movement. My work combines the insights of process philosophy and new materialism to develop a unique kinetic philosophy. My methodology is motivated by pressing contemporary concerns and deeply rooted in historical and empirical research.


critical theory, European philosophy, New Materialism, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Movement

Professional Biography

Thomas Nail is a Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver and author of numerous books, including The Figure of the Migrant, Theory of the Border, Marx in Motion, Theory of the Image, Theory of the Object, Theory of the Earth, Lucretius I, II, III, Returning to Revolution, and Being and Motion. His research focuses on the philosophy of movement.


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Oregon, 2011

Featured Publications

Nail, T. A. (2018). Being and Motion. Oxford University Press, 2018.
Nail, T. A. (2021). Theory of the Object. (T. Nail, Ed.). Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press.
Nail, T. A. (2019). Theory of the Image. Oxford UP.
Nail, T. A. (2018). Lucretius I: An Ontology of Motion . Edinburgh University Press.
Nail, T. A. (2021). Theory of the Earth . Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.
Nail, T. (2016). Theory of the Border. (T. Nail, Ed.). Oxford University Press, 2016.
Nail, T. A. (2012). Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari, and Zapatismo. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press.
Nail, T. A. (2020). Marx in Motion: A New Materialist Marxism. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Nail, T. A. (2015). The Figure of the Migrant (p. 350). Stanford University Press.