About Us

Series Editors

Christia Mercer is the Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, the Director of the Center for New Narratives in Philosophy, and editor of Oxford Philosophical Concepts. Among other awards, she has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2012-13), ACLS (2015-16), and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University (2018-19). Professor Mercer has become increasingly involved in rethinking criminal justice and access to higher education. She is now overseeing an educational program in the Metropolitan Detention Center, a maximum security federal prison the Brooklyn, and publishes on the need to make higher education more widely available and on justice reform.

Melvin Rogers is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University. Rogers has held appointments at the University of Virginia, Emory University, and UCLA. He has wide-ranging interests located within contemporary democratic theory, republicanism, pragmatism, and the history of American and African-American political, ethical, and religious philosophy. He has specific expertise in 19thand early 20th century American and African-American philosophy, with special focus on figures such as David Walker, John Dewey, and W. E. B. Du Bois. He is the author of The Undiscovered Dewey: Religion, Morality, and the Ethos of Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2009) and editor of John Dewey, The Public and Its Problems (Ohio University Press, 2016). He is the co-editor of the forthcoming project African American Political Thought: A Collected History currently under contract with the University of Chicago Press and his second single authored project tentatively titled The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought. He has published numerous articles in premier academic journals as well as popular venues such as DissentBoston Review, and The Atlantic.

Advisory Board

Lawrie Balfour is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where she teaches courses in political theory and African American studies. She is the author of Democracy’s Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W. E. B. Du Bois (Oxford University Press) and The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy (Cornell University Press), as well as numerous articles and chapters on race and democracy. Currently, she is working on a book on reparations for slavery and Jim Crow.

Jacqueline Broad is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Monash University. Her main area of specialisation is the history of philosophy, with a particular focus on women philosophers of the early modern period (c. 1650-1750). She has recently been engaged in two ARC-funded projects: a Future Fellowship project on the seventeenth-century feminist philosopher Mary Astell, and a Discovery Project on women and liberty in the early modern and enlightenment periods (with K. Green and K. Detlefsen).

Marguerite Deslauriers is Professor of Philosophy at McGill University.  She works in ancient philosophy and the history of feminist philosophy.  She studied philosophy and classics at McGill (B.A. 1977) and the University of Toronto (PhD 1987). In 1986 she was appointed to York University, before joining the Philosophy Department at McGill in 1988. In 1990 she received the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching at McGill. She founded McGill’s Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) in 2009, and was its first Director.

Karen Detlefsen is Professor of Philosophy and Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is working on a project on the relation between the life sciences and metaphysics in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Specifically, she is tracing the evolution of the concepts of mechanism, teleology, individuation, and laws in the metaphysics of Descartes, Malebranche, Leibniz, Albrecht von Haller, and Caspar Friedrich Wolff as each tries to explain the generation of new organisms. She is also working on a number of papers on early modern women philosophers, including Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Mary Astell, and Émilie Du Châtelet.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne is Professor of French and of Philosophy at Columbia University. His field of research includes history of logic, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature. He is the author of African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson, and the Idea of Negritude(Seagull Books, 2011), The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa, (Dakar, Codesria, 2016), Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with Western Tradition, (New York, Columbia University Press, 2018). His book, Bergson postcolonialL’élan vital dans la pensée de Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal, (Paris: Editions du CNRS, 2011) was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences for 2011 and on that same year professor Diagne received the Edouard Glissant Prize for his work. Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s current teaching interests include history of early modern philosophy, philosophy and Sufism in the Islamic world, African philosophy and literature, twentieth century French philosophy.

Don Garrett is the Silver Professor of Philosophy at New York University.  He is the author of Nature and Necessity in Spinoza’s Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2018), Hume (Routledge, 2015), and Cognition and Commitment in Hume’s Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 1997). He is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and has served as co-editor of Hume Studies and as North American editor of Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie.  

Robert Gooding-Williams is the M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies and Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. He holds appointments in both the Philosophy Department and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), where he is a member of the Core Faculty and founding director of the Center for Race, Philosophy, and Social Justice.  His areas of research and teaching interest include Social and Political Philosophy (esp. antiracist critical theory), the History of African-American Political Thought, 19th Century European Philosophy (esp. Nietzsche), Existentialism, and Aesthetics (including literature and philosophy, representations of race in film, and the literary theory and criticism of African-American literature).

Andrew Janiak is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department, the co-leader of Project Vox, and former chair of the Bass Society of Fellows at Duke University. He and Professor Karen Detlefsen (Penn) were awarded an ACLS Collaborative Research Grant to begin their new multi-year project on Émilie Du Châtelet and 18th century Newtonian thought in France. They are currently writing the first English-language monograph on Châtelet’s philosophy.

Marcy P. Lascano is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. Her primary research is in early modern philosophical theology and metaphysics. Her published work includes “Emilie du Châtelet on the Existence and Nature of God: An Examination of Her Arguments in Light of Their Sources” in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19(4) 2011: 739–756, “Mary Astell on the Existence and Nature of God,” in Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell, edited by Penelope Weiss and Alice Sowaal (forthcoming Pennsylvania State University Press), and “Arguments for the Existence of God” in The Routledge Companion to 17th Century Philosophy, edited by Daniel Kaufman (forthcoming, Routledge 2015). She was the recipient of an NEH Fellowship for the 2015-2016 year to work on her book manuscript, Early Modern Women Philosophers: Cosmology to Human Nature.

Lisa Shapiro is Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) in SSHRC Partnership Development Grant to further develop network of researchers invested in developing New Narratives in the History of Philosophy. Her research interests have focused on early modern philosophy, and in particular on how early modern conceptions of human nature impact accounts of human understanding, both of our perceptions of the world and in our ability to have knowledge of it. She is the editor of Pleasure: A History for the new Oxford Philosophical Concepts series and is committed to rehabilitate writings of the women philosophers of the early modern period including Moderata Fonte, Marie de Gournay, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, Margaret Cavendish, Mary Astell, Madame de Sevigne, Catherine Cockburn Trotter, Olympe de Gouges, Emilie du Chatelet, Gabrielle Suchon, Marie Thiroux D’Arconville, and others.

Tommie Shelby is the Caldwell Titcomb Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include social and political philosophy, Africana philosophy, philosophy of law, critical philosophy of race, history of black political thought, and philosophy of social science. He is the author many books including Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016), which won the 2016 Book Award from the North American Society for Social Philosophy.