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Kathryn Sophia Belle, (Formerly Kathryn T. Gines)

Kathryn T. Gines, Ph.D. is assistant professor of philosophy at Penn State University and founding director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers. Her scholarship, teaching, and service reflect a strong commitment to increasing diversity within philosophy, expanding the canon, and recruiting/retaining women and men of color into the discipline. Her primary research and teaching interests lie in Continental philosophy, Africana Philosophy, Black Feminist Philosophy, and Critical Philosophy of Race. Gines has published articles on race, racism, and post-racialism, assimilation, feminism, and intersectionality. She also co-edited an anthology titled Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2010). In her book Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question (Indiana University Press, 2014) Gines argues that a flaw in Arendt’s orientation towards systems of anti-Black racism lies in the fact that she sees the “Negro question” as a “Negro problem” rather than a white problem. Additionally, Arendt’s rigid distinctions between the political, the social, and the private undergird her analysis of anti-Black racism, consequently distorting her understanding of and judgments about it. More specifically, Arendt’s delineation of the Negro question as a social issue prevents her from recognizing that anti-Black racism is also a political phenomenon. Gines’ most recent research project offers a philosophical analysis of seminal readings in intersectionality by women of color feminists in the U.S. context while also examining new dimensions of intersectionality emerging from transnational and decolonial feminisms.