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Philosophy Department faculty, August 26, 2016. Not pictured: David Agler, Kathryn Gines, and Paul Taylor.

Kathryn Gines

Kathryn Gines

Interim Head, Department of African American Studies

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers

242 Sparks Building


Office Phone: (814) 865-1652


  1. M.A., Philosophy, University of Memphis, 2001
  2. Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Memphis, 2003

Areas of Specialization

  • Continental Philosophy
  • Africana Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Race
  • Black Feminist Philosophy

Recent Courses

  • Radically Rethinking Democracy, Oppression, and Liberation
  • Race and Sexuality

Recent Publications

  • “Book Review: Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist: A Critical Introduction. By Vivian M. May (New York: Routledge, 2007.); Black Women’s Intellectual Traditions: Speaking Their Minds. By Kristin Waters and Carol B. Conaway (eds.) (Burlington: University of Vermont Press, 2007); Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850 – 1954: An Intellectual History. By Stephanie Y. Evans (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007.); and Daughter of the Revolution: The Major Nonfiction Works of Pauline E. Hopkins. By Ira Dworkin (ed.). (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007)” in SIGNS. Volume 34, No. 2, 2008.
  • “Race Thinking and Racism in Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism” in Imperialism, Slavery, Race, and Genocide: The Legacy of Hannah Arendt. (Eds. Dan Stone and Richard King. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007.)
  • “The Ambiguity of Assimilation: Commentary on Eamonn Callan’s, ‘The Ethics of Assimilation’” in Symposia on Gender Race and Philosophy, Volume 2, number 2. May 2006. Posted online at
  • “Sex and Sexuality in Contemporary Hip-Hop” in Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason – a series in Pop Culture and Philosophy. (Eds. Derrick Darby and Tommie Shelby. Chicago: Open Court, 2005)
  • “Sartre and Fanon: Fifty Years Later” in Sartre Studies International. Volume 9, Issue 2, 2003.
  • Co-translated from French with Mary Beth Mader. David, Alain. “Negros” inRace and Racism in Continental Philosophy. (Ed. Robert Bernasconi. Indiana University Press, 2003.)
  • “Sonia Kruks’ Retrieving Experience: A Review” in Sartre Studies International. Volume 8, No. 2, 2002.
  • “The Black Atlantic, Afrocentricity, and Existential Phenomenology: Theoretical Tools for Black European Studies.” Black European Studies, hosted by Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Volkswagenstiftung. Posted online at
  • “Anna Julia Cooper: from the Black Women’s Club Movement to New Negro Women.” Posted online at

Current Projects

  • Collegium of Black Women Philosophers:

  • Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy

  • Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question