Tenured Assistant Professor
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Work: (914) 575-3000 x2217
Summer Contact: (512) 480-9672
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Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, 1992.
Dissertation on King’s philosophy of nonviolence w/ Douglas Kellner (See book below).
M.A. English, Texas A&M University, 1988.
Thesis on Thomas Pynchon w/ Robert Newman.
B.A. Philosophy, Texas A&M University, 1981
Areas of Specialization: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, African American Philosophy, ML King, Jr.
Areas of Competency: History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, American Philosophy, African American Philosophy, Nonviolence.
American Social Thought
Black Political and Social Thought
Introduction to Philosophy (Honors)
Philosophy and Technology
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
(All Marist syllabi online at:
Texas A&M University
African American Philosophy (Honors)
Contemporary Moral Problems
Introduction to Philosophy (Honors)
Latin American Philosophy
Technology and Human Values
University of Texas at Austin
Contemporary Moral Issues
God and Man
Introduction to Philosophy
Texas A&M University
Composition and Rhetoric
The Research Paper
Faculty of the Year, Marist College Student Government Association:
2000-2001 for School of Liberal Arts
1999-2000 for Division of Humanities
1998-1999 for Overall College
1997-1998 for Overall College
Revolution of Conscience: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Philosophy of Nonviolence. (Critical Perspectives Series, Edited by Douglas Kellner.) New York: The Guilford Press, 1997. Paperback edition, 1999.
”Two Lockes, Two Keys: Tolerance and Reciprocity in a Culture of Democracy,” in The Critical Pragmatism of Alain Locke, edited by Leonard Harris. Lanham: MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.
“Essays for Peace and Integration,” in Bricks Without Straw: A Comprehensive History of African Americans in Texas. Edited by David Williams. Austin: Eakin, 1997.
“Diggin Atlantis: An Archaeology of Afrocentric Dreams in Plato and Diop,” forthcoming collection by Daniel Mengara.
“Affirmative Action: A Kingian Defense,” APA Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience. Reprint of Fall 1997 article (below) in “best of first decade” review. (Spring 2000).
“King’s Six Challenges for a Complete Revolution,” in Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society. (Spring 2000).
”To Begin Where We Have Not Yet Reached: Affirmative Action and the Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal (NWSA Journal: Fall, 1998).
“Affirmative Action: A Kingian Defense,” APA Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience (Fall 1997).
“Harmful Consent and Social Contract Theory: Extending West’s Critique,” APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy (Spring 1996), pp. 43-45.
Book Notes and Reviews
”Eric J. Sundquist, ed. The Oxford W.E.B. Du Bois Reader,” Trans. Charles S. Peirce Society 35.3 (Summer 1999), pp. 624-625.
“David Theo Goldberg, Racial Subjects: Writing on Race in America,” Ethics 108.4 (July 1998), pp. 839-840.
”Michael J. White, Partisan or Neutral?: The Futility of Public Political Theory,” H-Pol, H-Net Reviews (Dec. 1997).
“CLR James, American Civilization,” APA Newsl. on Phil. and Black Exp. (Spring 1996), pp. 24-25.
“James R. Ralph, Jr., Northern Protest: Martin Luther King, Jr., Chicago, and the Civil Rights Movement,” APA Newsl. on Phil. and Black Exp. (Spring 1995), pp. 19-20.
"On the Question of White Identity: Abolition or Reform?" APA Eastern, Atlanta, Dec. 2001.
"Time and Punishment: Toward an Algonquin/Pragmatist/Platonist Critique of the Popular Philosophy of Prison," SUNY Cortland, Oct. 2001.
Commentator for Paul Taylor’s paper on “Pragmatism and African American Philosophy,” at APA Central, Minneapolis, May 2001.
Commentator for Panel on “Collective Identity,” at APA Central, Minneapolis, May 2001.
Panelist for “Watering the Wasteland: A Centennial Celebration of the work of Robert C. Pollock,” at SAAP, Las Vegas, March 2001.
“David Walker’s Grammar: Toward a Philosophy of Education for Prison,” at Critical Resistance, Columbia Univ., March 2001.
“King’s Theory of Love & Justice,” at APA Eastern, NYC, Dec. 2000.
“Five Concepts of King’s Nonviolence,” at SUNY New Palz Philosophy Colloquium, Nov. 2000.
Discussant for Panel on “Comparative Philosophy: African American and Native American,” APA Pacific, Albuquerque, Mar. 2000.
”Suppressing Conclusions: Frederick Douglass and the Crisis of 1883,” Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy, NYC, Mar. 2000.
“Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Idealism: A Challenge to Marxism,” Society for the Philosophical Study of Marxism at APA Eastern, Boston, Dec. 1999.
“For Global Peace Literacy: A Kingian Curriculum,” at Radford University, VA, “Peace and Global Issues Conference” of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Oct. 1999.
“Anti-Racist Teaching,” a workshop at San Francisco State University, sponsored by the Radical Philosophy Association; San Francisco, Nov. 1998.
“Martin Luther King, Jr.: Reassessing the Legacy,” a symposium at Michigan State University, sponsored in part by the American Studies Program; Lansing, Jan. 1998.
“Teaching Race Matters: A Workshop on Classroom Experiences,” organized for the Intersections of Race Conference, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Oct. 1997.
“A Kingian Defense of Affirmative Action,” presented at the Radical Philosophers’ Association session of the American Philosophical Association (Central Division), Pittsburgh, Apr.,
“Texas Backlash: Dismantling Affirmative Action with All Deliberate Speed,” presented at the Socialist Scholars Conference, NYC, Mar., 1997.
“The Challenge of Nonviolence to Marxism,” presented at Rethinking Marxism Conference, Amherst, Dec., 1996.
“A Neglected Republican Heritage: Frederick Douglass on Immigration and Affirmative Action,” presented at the 2nd Annual Radical Philosopher’s Association, Purdue, Nov., 1996.
“By the Dog of Egypt: Plato’s Engagement with Egyptian Form and the Scholarship of Cheikh Anta Diop,” presented at the 15th Annual Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, SUNY Binghamton, Oct., 1996.
“Why Not Equal Incomes: An Inquiry into a Malaise of American Ideology,” presented at the Socialist Scholars Conference, session organized by Radical Philosophy Association, Manhattan Community College, April, 1996.
“The Critical Optimism of Frederick Douglass: Two Postwar Speeches on the Philosophy of Activism,” presented at the 12th Annual Symposium on African American Studies at Purdue University, March, 1996.
“Back to Africa with Plato: Testing Diop’s Thesis with Reference to Plato’s Timaeus,” presented for a conference on The Academy and Race at Villanova, March, 1996.
“Is There a Higher Law than Profit?: Multiculturalism as Justice in Catholic Higher Education,” presented for a conference on Multiculturalism in Catholic Higher Education at Fairfield University, March, 1996.
“Apartheid in Texas Agriculture: Ethics and Affirmative Action in the State Extension Services,” presented for the National Association of African American Studies, February, 1996.
“Beyond Nondiscrimination,” presented for the Annual Conference of the National Association of Ethnic Studies, Boulder, CO, April, 1995.
“King’s Theology of Liberation: Still Knocking at the Door of the White Church,” presented for the Annual Conference on Nonviolence at the University of Texas, Austin, TX, April, 1995.
“Afrocentricity as Quest for Cultural Unity,” presented for the Annual Conference of the National Association for African American Studies, Petersburg, VA, 1995.
“Interracial Marriages in Texas during the Revolution and the Republic, 1830-1845,” presented for the Annual Conference of the Texas African American Heritage Organization, Austin, 1994.
“The Concept of Love in King’s Philosophy of Nonviolence,” presented for the Second Annual Conference on Nonviolence, Austin, 1993.
“Fraternalism as Shelter in Time of Storm for African American Texans,” presented for the Texas African American Heritage Association annual conference, 1993.
“The Concept of Structure in King’s Philosophy of Nonviolence,” presented for the National Association for African-American Studies at Virginia State University, 1993.
“The Concept of Nonviolent Direct Action in King’s Philosophy of Nonviolence” presented for the First Annual Symposium on Nonviolence at the University of Texas, 1992.
“The Concept of Equality in King’s Philosophy of Nonviolence” presented for the Philosophy Department Colloquium at Texas A&M University, 1992.
“The Intellectual Evolution of African American Texans” presented to the Black Texans Historical Society Annual Convention at Austin, 1992.
“Praiseworthy Grading” presented to the Conference on College Composition and Communication, 1986.
Public Lectures and Workshops
"Diggin Atlantis: Plato's Afrocentric Dreams," Black Student Union, Marist College, Feb. 2002.
"Oil, Pipelines & The Wars of Globalization," with Michael Tanzer, Brecht Forum, Feb. 2002.
“Prison and the Model of Slavery,” Center for Lifetime Studies, Poughkeepsie, April 2001.
Facilitator, “Re-Establishing Higher Education in New York Prisons,” Can Anything Good Come Out of Prison?, Tarrytown, March 2001.
“Revolution of Conscience: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Philosophy of Nonviolence,” West Chester Univ., PA, Feb. 2000.
“Black Mysticism: A Celebration of Howard Thurman,” guest lecture for Marist College Center for Lifetime Learning, October, 1998.
“Greek Objections to Suicide; Modern Conceptions of Life,” guest lecture for Marist College Center for Lifetime Learning, October, 1997.
“Crisis of Spirituality in our Postmodern Age,” a series of workshops between students and inmates at Green Haven State Prison, New York, 1996-98.
“Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Legacy of African American Struggle,” a Black History Month talk presented to administrative staff of the Bryan Federal Prison, 1995.
Site Reviews for “Site Scene” (Nos. 1-6, 8-10, & 13). The American Studies Web,
Robert C. Pollock Special Collection. Marist College Library:
Texas Civil Rights Review:
Misplaced Essays (Some Academics Papers):
Prison Links for Educators and Activists:
Civilian Coordinator, Certificate in Ministry Program, Green Haven Correctional Facility, Stormville, NY; a program of inmate education co-sponsored by the New York Theological Seminary
and Marist College Praxis Project.
Project Keeper, Marist College Praxis Program, an experiment in service learning. Duties include preparation of project lists, facilitating roundtable discussions, and helping with the
organization of student activities for some sites, including the “Spirituality Today” workshops at Green Haven Prison.
Black Student Union (1996-Present)
Class of 2001 (1997-2001)
Class of 2004
Advisor of the Month, Oct. 1999
Outstanding Service Award from the Office of Special Services at Marist College for outstanding service to individuals with disabilities.
Diversity and Equality Committee
Grievance Committee 1998-2002 (Elected)
Accreditation Self-Study Co-Chair for Student Services (2001-2001)
Committe to Review Regulations on Research Misconduct (2001-2002)
American Association of University Professors, Chapter Vice President (2001-2002)
American Philosophical Association—Eastern Division
Concerned Philosophers for Peace
Gandhi-King Society, Chair
Radical Philosophy Association, Secretary
Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy
Sofphia (Feminist Reading Group)
Texas African American Heritage Organization—Board of Directors
References available upon request
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