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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