ABOUT US

The Caribbean Philosophical Association was founded on June 14, 2003 at the Center for Caribbean Thought at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.   The founding members were George Belle, B. Anthony Bogues, Patrick Goodin, Lewis Gordon, Clevis Headley, Paget Henry, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Charles Mills, and Supriya Nair.  The first international conference was held May 19–22, 2004 at the Accra Hotel in Christ Church, Barbados, West Indies.

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is an organization of scholars and lay-intellectuals dedicated to the study and generation of ideas with a particular emphasis of encouraging South-South dialogue.  Although the focus is on engaging philosophy that emerges in the Caribbean, membership is not limited exclusively to scholars with degrees in philosophy, and any region and historic moment is open to the exchange of ideas.  In similar kind, membership in the organization is not limited to professional scholars.  Any one with an interest in engaging ideas and playing a role in the development of new ideas can become a member.  Finally, the Caribbean Philosophical Association is also dedicated to assisting with the development of institutions that would preserve thought in the Caribbean and facilitate the creation of new ideas.

Executive Officers    Secretaries    Former Executive Officers    Former Secretaries

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Hanétha Vété-Congolo
President
    
Hanétha Vété-Congolo is Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Bowdoin College, Maine. She is affiliated to the Africana Studies Program, the Africa Academic Hub, the Latin American Studies Program and the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Program of her institution. Her scholarship focuses principally on Caribbean and African thought, philosophy, literature, culture and orality. Very interdisciplinary and comparative, her works pays particular attention to discourses by women and about women of the Caribbean and, West and Central Africa. She is author of L’interoralité caribéenne: le mot conté de l’identité (Vers un traité d’esthétique caribéenne) and editor of Le conte d’hier, aujourd’hui : Oralité et modernité (Academia-L’Harmattan, 2014), Léon-Gontran Damas : Une Négritude entière (L’Harmattan, Espaces Littéraires, 2015) and, The Caribbean Oral Tradition (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016). Her poetry collection, Avoir et Être : Ce que j’Ai, ce que je Suis was published with Le chasseur Abstrait in 2009 and, Mon parler de Guinée in 2015 with L’Harmattan, coll. Poètes des cinq continents. Read more

Yomaira Figueroa
Vice President
     
Yomaira Figueroa is assistant professor of Afro Diaspora Studies in the department of English and the African American & African Studies program at Michigan State University. Her work is centered on 20th century U.S. Latinx Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic literature & culture. A native of Puerto Rico, Yomaira was raised in Hoboken, NJ and is a first-generation high school and college graduate. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in the department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in English, Puerto Rican & Hispanic Caribbean Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick (Douglass College).Her current book project, Decolonizing Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Literature, focuses on diasporic and exilic Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Equatoguinean texts in contact. Framed with critical attention to decolonial thought, women of color feminisms, and feminist philosophy, the book complicates and enriches ongoing conversations and debates in Black/Latinx/Hispanophone studies through a sustained mediation on poetics and cultural productions. Read more.

Michael Monahan
Treasurer
Vice President Emeritus 
 
Michael Monahan earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Illinois, and has served on the philosophy faculty at Marquette since 2003.  Monahan specializes in Social and Political Philosophy, the Philosophy of Race and Racism, Africana Philosophy, and Phenomenology. His recent publications have appeared in Social Theory and Practice, Philosophy and Social Criticism, The Journal of Philosophy and Sport, and The South African Journal of Philosophy. His book, The Creolizing Subject: Race, Reason, and the Politics of Purity (Fordham University Press, 2011) engages in a critique of much of the dominant theoretical discourse on race and racism and offering a phenomenology of race that eschews the “politics of purity”. An active member of the Caribbean Philosophical Association since it’s first meeting in 2004, he served as Vice-President from 2009-2013, and continues to serve as Treasurer. Read more.

Paget Henry
Editor of the C.L.R. James Journal and 
Secretary of Pan-Caribbean Initiatives 

Paget Henry is Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Brown University. His specializations are Dependency Theory, Caribbean Political Economy, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Art and Literature, Africana Philosophy and Religion, Race and Ethnic Relations,  Poststructuralism, and Critical Theory. He has served on the faculties of S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, University of the West Indies (Antigua) and the University of Virginia. Henry is editor of The C.L.R. James Journal and co-editor of the Routledge series Africana Thought. He is also an external examiner for the University of the West Indies and the University of Guyana.  His awards and fellowships include Research Fellow at the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies, Research Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Relations, and a Ford Foundation Grant. Read more.

Camille Monahan
Legal Counsel

Camille Monahan earned her J.D. at Marquette University Law School in 2009 and took a trial attorney position with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the summer of that year.  She has a dual specialty in feminist legal issues and disability discrimination.  Camille has published in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.  She was also part of the legal team in the ground-breaking Resources for Human Development case, which determined that morbid-obesity can be a covered disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. During law school, Camille clerked with an NGO in Barbados.  While there she conducted research comparing the historic rates of women’s graduation from college in business related fields with the number of women holding positions on the boards of companies traded on the Barbadian and Trinidadian stock exchanges and helped to organize a conference on women’s issues.

Lewis R. Gordon
Chair of the Committee on Prizes and 
President Emeritus

Lewis Ricardo Gordon is Chairperson of the Awards Committee of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.  He is Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies, with affiliations in Caribbean, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies and Judaic Studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs; Europhilosophy Visiting Professor at Toulouse University, France; and Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa.  He is the founding President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2003–2008). Read more.

Jane Anna Gordon
Chair of CPA Publishing Partnerships and
Director of the CPA Summer School
President Emerita

Jane Gordon, a specialist in Africana political, social, and educational thought, modern and contemporary European social and political theory, methodologies in the social sciences, and contemporary slavery, is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She previously taught in the Department of Political Science at Temple University where she was a 2009-2010 faculty fellow at the Center for the Humanities. Her first book, Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict over Community Control in Ocean Hill-Brownsville (RoutledgeFalmer 2001), was listed by the Gotham Gazette as one of the four best recent books on civil rights.  She is co-editor with Lewis R. Gordon of Not Only the Master’s Tools (Paradigm, 2006) and of The Companion to African American Studies, which was the NetLibrary Book of the Month in February 2007.  She is also the co-author of Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age and author of the forthcoming Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon (Fordham, 2014). Her articles have appeared in the C.L.R. James Journal: A Review of Caribbean Ideas, Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Journal of Contemporary Thought, The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Journal of Political Theology, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Performance Research,SOULS, and Philosophical Studies in Education. Her recent essay, “Theorizing Contemporary Practices of Enslavement: A Portrait of the Old and New,” won the American Political Science Association 2012 Foundations in Political Theory Best Paper Prize. She has been a member of the Caribbean Philosophical Association since its founding in 2003, and President from 2013-2016. Read more.

Rosario Torres-Guevara
Chief Negotiator and Chair of Outreach
Vice President Emerita

Rosario Torres Guevara comes from Monterrey, NL, Mexico, where she completed her undergraduate studies in the school of Philosophy and Letters with a concentration on Applied Linguistics and Didactics from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon. Rosario continued her postgraduate studies at Teachers College, Columbia University where she obtained a Master’s degree in Linguistcs/TESOL and a Doctorate in International Educational Development with a concentration on Bilingualism and Interculturalism. Her research interests are Border Theory, Intercultural Education, Fanonian Pedagogy, and Decoloniality Studies. In addition to her work as a professor in various schools of New York, including CUNY City College, Columbia University and the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Rosario has worked as a volunteer and community leader in extracurricular school and community programs in New York as well as abroad. She has been listed as a community leader by the Mexican Consulate in New York City and has been a consultant in bilingual and intercultural educational programs that safeguard indigenous peoples in Argentina and Mexico. She is currently Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking and Writing in the Borough of Manhattan Community College in CUNY. She has been a member of the Caribbean Philosophical Association since 2005, secretary since 2010, Vice President from 2013-2016, and a member of the Executive Board since 2011.

FORMER SECRETARIES


George Belle, Secretary of Coordination for International Meeting (Barbados)

Kathryn Sophia Belle, Secretary of Africana Women in Philosophy

Tunde Bewaji, Secretary and Chair of African Relations and Philosophy

B. Anthony Bogues, Secretary of Caribbean Political Thought and the Small Axe Collective and Chair of Africana Studies

George Ciccariello-Maher, Secretary of Decolonial Thought

Richard Clarke, Secretary of Philosophy and Literature and Shibboleths: A Journal of Comparative Theory

Henry Con, Secretary of Dutch Caribbean

Douglas Ficek, Secretary of Fanon Studies and Chair of Social Media, Communications and Design

Yomaira Figueroa, Secretary of Comparative Ethnic Studies and Chair of Afro-Diasporic Literatures

Gertrude Gonzalez de Allen, Secretary of Gender Studies and Chair of Committee on Women in Caribbean Philosophy

Patrick Goodin, Secretary  of Ancient Philosophy

Jane Gordon, Secretary of Political Theory 

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Chair of the Initiative on Young Adult Philosophical Literature and Secretary of Engaged Arts and Post-Apocalyptic Philosophy and Law

Stephen Nathan Haymes, Secretary of International Studies Chair of Place-Based Education Initiatives and Secretary of Philosophy of Education and Pedagogical Studies

Juliet Hooker, Secretary of Latin American Political Thought

Joan Jasak, Secretary of Technology and Scientific Media

Chike Jeffers, Secretary of Graduate Students

Clarence Shole Johnson, Secretary of Philosophy and Human Rights

David Haekwon Kim, Secretary of Outreach Across African American and African Communities

Jacqueline M. Martinez, Secretary of Phenomenology and Chair of the Initiative on Sexualities

Xhercis Méndez, Secretary of Decolonial Feminisms and Chair of the Initiative on Gender, Race, and Feminisms

Lisa Lowe, Secretary of Asian Caribbean

Rozena Maart, Secretary of Psychoanalytical Studies and Black Consciousness

Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Secretary of Hispanophone and Lusophone Caribbean and Member of Translations Committee

Brian Meeks, Secretary of Caribbean Thought (Center for Caribbean Thought at UWI-Mona)

Brinda Mehta, Secretary of the Indo-Caribbean

Charles Mills, Secretary of Gender Studies

Francois Naudillon, Secretary of Francophone Regions and Member of Committee on Translations

Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Secretary of Phenomenological Studies in the Caribbean 

Alexis Nouss, Secretary of Francophone Regions and Member of Committee on Translations

Nkiru Nzegwu, Secretary of Western Africa and International Association of African Philosophy and Secretary of African Relations and Philosophy

Tacuma Peters, Secretary of Political Theory

Sathya Rao, Secretary of Francophone Regions and Member of Committee on Translations

Neil Roberts, Secretary of Social and Political Thought and Secretary of Graduate Students  

Kris Sealy, Secretary of Critical Race and Migration Studies and Chair of Organizational Partnerships

Eddy Souffrant, Secretary of Francophone Caribbean

Rosario Torres-Guevara, Secretary of Border Studies and Chair of Communications and Outreach Committee

Anastasia Valecce, Chair of the Caribbean Aesthetics Initiative and Secretary of the Film and Visual Arts Initiative

Celso Vargas, Secretary of Philosophical Studies of Science

Hanétha Vété-Congolo, Secretary for Francophone Outreach and Chair of Africana Orality Research

Kristin Waters, Secretary and Chair of Gender Studies in the Caribbean 

FORMER EXECUTIVE OFFICERS


Neil Roberts, CPA President, 2016-2019

Douglas Ficek, CPA Vice President, 2016-2019

Jane Anna Gordon, CPA President, 2013-2016

Rosario Torres-Guevara, CPA Vice President, 2013-2016

Nelson Maldonado-Torres, CPA President, 2008-2013

Michael Monahan, CPA Vice President, 2008-2013

Lewis R. Gordon, CPA President from 2003 to 2008

Clevis Headley, CPA Vice President, 2003-2008 and Co-Director of Publications, 2005-2010

Marina P. Banchetti-Robino, Co-Director of Publications and Translations, 2005-2010

Charles Nissim-Sabat, Legal Counsel, 2003-2010

SECRETARIES

Lisa M. Anderson
Secretary for Black Feminism and Performance Art
                                                                                                                                    
Lisa M. Anderson is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and African and African American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, where she also serves as the Associate Director for Graduate Studies for SST. She is a semiotician by training, whose interests include the political economy of black women in television production, afrofuturism, queer black women’s lived experience of disease, and black feminist thought more broadly. Her undergraduate degree was in political theory, and she received her PhD from University of Washington-Seattle in Drama.  She has published on African American theatre, black women playwrights and filmmakers, and is currently completing a book on black women in television. She teaches courses on feminist theory, feminist phenomenologies, intersectionality, black feminist thought, and race gender and sexuality in science fiction.
Emmanuel Banywesize Mukambilwa
Secretary for Outreach to the French-Speaking African Academic Communities

Emmanuel Banywesize Mukambilwa is Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Lubumbashi (DRC). He teaches Epistemology of human sciences and Epistemology of Sciences of Communication and Information. He was Associate Researcher in the Edgar Morin Center, which is affiliated to the International Institute of Contemporary Anthropology (IIAC) and to the School of Social Sciences (EHESS-CNRS) in France. He is Director of EcoPo Lubumbashi, a College of Political and Economic Governance. Among his published monographies, edited books and articles are: Le complexe. Contribution à l’avènement de l’Organisaction chez Edgar Morin, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2007 ; Frontières et gouvernance sécuritaire pour le développement économique de la République Démocratique du Congo (en collaboration avec Jean-Marie Dikanga Kazadi), Paris, L’Harmattan, 2013 ; Science et métaphysique, in Cahiers épistémo-logiques (Paris, L’Harmattan, 2017) ; « L’épistémologie appliquée de Karl Popper : une épistémologie de la reliance restreinte » (Cahiers Epistémo-logiques, 2016) ; « Interculturalité et vivre-ensemble en Afrique. Reprendre une question par l’épistémologie du complexe » (Revue Nunya, Université de Lomé, 2016) ; « La part bachelardienne et poppérienne dans l’épistémologie d’Edgar Morin » (Cahiers Epistémo-logiques, 2017) ; « Territoire de résistance sociale. Pouvoir et défis des mouvements citoyens en Afrique francophone » (Revue Congo-Afrique, janvier 2018) ; « De la démocratie autoritaire. Considération sur la gouvernementalité en RD Congo » (Revue Congo-Afrique, janvier 2019) ; « D’une société à l’autre. Penser le futur du Congo au-delà des errements politiques et éthiques » (Revue Congo-Afrique, avril 2019).
Alejandro De Oto
Secretary of Philosophies of the South and Fanonian Studies
Secretaria de Filosofías del Sur y Estudios Fanonianos             
      
Alejandro is researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) in Argentina, and a professor of philosophical research methodology at the University of San Juan, where he also taught history of historiography and history of Asia and Africa, centering on the theoretical and political processes of postcoloniality. He holds a doctorate from the Center of Asian and African Studies at the Colegio de Mexico, has been a Research Fellow at Brown University, and has participated in the University of Cape Town African Series Seminar. He is a member in different academic associations and has published more than 70 articles and book chapters on postcolonial critical theory, travel literature, and Fanonian critical theory. He has authored several books including Frantz Fanon. Política y poética del sujeto poscolonial (México), which was awarded the “Frantz Fanon Prize for Outstanding Book in Caribbean Thought” from the Caribbean Philosophical Association in 2005. Most recently, Alejandro co-edited Metodologías en Contexto. Intervenciones en perspectiva feminista/postcolonial/latinoamericana in the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).
Rosemere Ferreira da Silva
Secretary of Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean Literature
      
Dr. Rosemere Ferreira da Silva is Associate Professor at the State University of Bahia (Universidade do Estado da Bahia / UNEB), where she has taught since 2012. She is a specialist in Brazilian Literature, Afro-Braszilian Literature, Comparative Literature and Ethnic and African Studies.  Her research focuses on Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean Literature. She is the coordinator of Literatura and Afrodescendência research group at UNEB. She is currently writing a book about black intellectuals. Dr. Da Silva is a Research Scholar in the Philosophy Department at UCONN-Storrs and part of the editorial team of Black Issues in Philosophy. Read more

Takiyah Harper-Shipman
Secretary of Outreach Across African American and African Communities
      
Takiyah is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College. She is particularly interested in questions of political economy (read development), gender, and health in the African diaspora. Her current book project examines the ways in which the contemporary development paradigm reproduces underdevelopment in Burkina Faso and Kenya. Her next book project will focus on legacies of population control in contemporary campaigns for reproductive rights and family planning. She has forthcoming publications in Third World Quarterly and Social Identities. She has also contributed to Pambazuka News. Her larger interests involve building connections around the African diaspora that will foment generative moments of solidarity.


Jyothis James
Secretary for Graduate Outreach

ज्योतिस्/ജ്യോതിസ് / Jyothis James is a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Philosophy from Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL in 2012 and then he pursued a Masters in Syriac Studies at St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute (SEERI), Kottayam, Kerala, Republic of India. James is interested in the topics of whiteness, racialization, diaspora, anti-colonial studies.
Kojo Koram 
Chair of British Outreach
    
Kojo Koram is a Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London. Prior to academia, Kojo worked in social welfare law, as well as youth work and teaching. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2011 and then received his PhD in 2017. His dissertation examined the position of the law on controlled drugs within the legacy of empire. Kojo also works as a legal advisor with Release. In this role, Kojo offers free legal advice at several legal outreach projects across London to clients who are engaged with drug and alcohol treatment centres.
Thomas Meagher
Secretary for Institutional Memory and Archiving

Thomas Meagher is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. He works in the areas of social and political philosophy, Africana philosophy, phenomenology, and existentialism, with particular interest in questions pertaining to race, gender, and coloniality and their capacity to shape and re-shape human values. He earned his doctorate at the University of Connecticut where he completed his dissertation, “Maturity in a Human World: A Philosophical Study.” He has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University and as a Du Bois Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


Dana Francisco Miranda
Secretary of Digital Outreach and
Chair of Architectonics 
   

Dana Francisco Miranda is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His work is in political philosophy, Africana philosophy, and 19th century and contemporary European thought. He earned his doctorate at the University of Connecticut where he completed his dissertation, “Approaching Cadavers: Suicide and Depression in the African Diaspora,” which investigated the philosophical significance of suicide, depression and well-being for members of the African Diaspora. He also currently serves as a Junior Research Fellow for the Applied Ethics Center (University of Massachusetts Boston). Read more.


Victor Hugo Pacheco Chávez
Secretary of Critical Theory and Social Thought
      
Victor graduated in History from the UNAM, where he also completed a Master's Degree with honors in Latin American Studies. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Latin American Studies at the same university. Victor is an adjunct instructor of philosophy and history at various schools in the UNAM, including the School of Philosophy and Letters and the National School of Anthropology and History. He is a member of the Jose Carlos Mariátegui committee in Peru, board member of the journals “Memory” (Journal of Militant Critique), and “Demarcations” (Latin American journal of Althusserian studies in Chile), a team member in the CLACSO project “Legacies and Perspectives of Marxism,” and co-producer of the “Mistaken Times: Critical Theory from the Margins” podcast. His most recent publications include La jaula de la dominación. Ensayos en torno a la obra de Aníbal Quijano, Santiago de Chile, Editorial Doble Ciencia, 2018; Antología del pensamiento crítico mexicano contemporáneo, Argentina, CLACSO, 2015 (in México, by CEIICH-UNAM, 2018); Raquel Tibol: la crítica y la militancia, México, CEMOS/Secretaria de Cultura de la Ciudad de México, 2016; Confluencias barrocas. Los pliegues de la modernidad en América Latina, Leiden, Almenara, 2017. Victor obtained first place in the Antologías del Pensamiento Social Latinoamericano y Caribeño de CLACSO contest in 2014, and awarded the CPA Ana Julia Cooper prize in 2017.
Peter K. J. Park
Secretary of LGBTQ Affairs and Chair of Texas Outreach
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Peter Park is Associate Professor in the History, History of Ideas, and Philosophy Programs at the University of Texas at Dallas. He studies European colonialism, knowledge systems, cultural transfer, cultural canons, and identity. His publications include books and articles on racism and the historiography of philosophy, German Orientalism, comparative linguistics, early modern Jewish anti-Christian literature, philosophical skepticism, scientific racism in the Enlightenment, and German and French Enlightenment thinkers on China. He teaches historiography (theories and practices of historical research and writing), early modern Europe, the European Enlightenment, the history of philosophy, comparative philosophy, and philosophies of race. His current project is a book on Enlightenment historical writers' inscribing of race into modern historiography. Since 2017, he has served as a member of the Exhibits Committee and the Programming and Education Committee for the GLBT Historical Society and Museum in San Francisco.
LaRose T. Parris
Secretary of Africana Existential Literature and 
Public School Outreach
     
Born in Jamaica, West Indies and raised in New York, LaRose T. Parris is Associate Professor of English at Lehman College/CUNY where she teaches courses in African American Literature, Contemporary Black Fiction, and Composition. Her first book, Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2015), was awarded the Nicolás Guillén Prize for Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature, bestowed by the Caribbean Philosophical Association in 2016. She has also received several Chancellor’s Research Fellowships and grants from the City University of New York. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in Callaloo, the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Entre Letras, and the Journal of Pan African Studies. In addition to teaching courses in writing and literature at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, New School University, New York Institute of Technology, and City College/CUNY, she has also led graduate seminars at the Caribbean Philosophical Association Summer Institute. Her research interests include historical literary studies, Africana cultural criticism, Africana existentialism, Black radical thought, and Black feminist thought.