Lafont specializes in German philosophy, predominantly hermeneutics and critical theory. Her research interests also include philosophy of language and contemporary moral and political philosophy.
Lafont is the author of “The Linguistic Turn in Hermeneutic Philosophy” and “Heidegger, Language, and World-Disclosure” and co-editor of "Habermas Handbuch." She has published numerous articles on contemporary moral and political philosophy.
Lafont recently received a fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin for the 2012-2013 academic year. She also was named the Spinoza Chair at the University of Amsterdam for the spring of 2011. At Northwestern, she currently serves as the director of graduate studies and the chair of the admissions committee for the philosophy department.