Andrew Billing came to Macalester College in 2008 as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
and was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas
City. He completed his Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of California Irvine with a
specialization in the fields of eighteenth-century French literature and political

His current research explores the animal/human relation as well as intersections between
literary fiction and moral and political philosophy in the French Enlightenment. His
teaching interests include 18th century French literature, Enlightenment political and
moral philosophy, colonialism, and critical theory. 

Billing has been teaching at Macalester since 2008. 

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Otago, New Zealand; M.A., University of Canterbury, New
Zealand; Ph.D., University of California Irvine 



Animal Thinking in La Fontaine’s Fables, Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature (2013)



Rousseau's Critique of Market Society: Property, Capital, and Possessive Individualism in the Discours sur l'inégalité, American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference (2014)

Presented at the seminar: Paris, Capitalism and Modernity in France from the 17th through the...


Political Anthropology and its Animal Other in Rousseau, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) and the Department of European Cultures and Languages (2013)

Presented at the Seminar on Animal-Human Kinship and Community in French/Francophone Literature and Culture, sponsored...


Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism as an Imperialism: Confraternité and Empire in Rétif de la Bretonne's La Découverte australe (1781), American Comparative Literature Association (2013)

Paper presented in seminar “Cosmopolitanism and States of (Un)boundedness in the Long Eighteenth Century” at...


Considering Animals, SAIL (Seminar in Advanced Disciplinary Learning) Seminar (2012)