Speaker Bios


Chris Lebron is an assistant professor of African American Studies and Philosophy at Yale University. His interests include moral theory, political ethics, race, and method. His book, The Color Of Our Shame: Race and Justice In Our Time, was published by Oxford University Press in August 2013 and was awarded First Book Prize by the American Political Science Association Foundations of Political Theory section. He is currently at work on his second book, The Making of ‘Black Lives Matter’: A Brief History of an Idea, currently under contract with Oxford University Press; it is scheduled for publication in 2016.

M. Bahati Kuumba is a professor of Comparative Women’s Studies and the Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College.  Her scholarly research, activism, and public presentations focus on African women transnationally in the areas of social resistance movements, population policy, and global African/Black feminist theory and praxis. She has also done work in the areas of participatory research methodologies and popular education for movement-building. Her research and activism have led to collaborations with women and women’s organizations in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.  She is the author of Gender and Social Movements (2001) and has published widely in scholarly journals and activist publications.

Justin Rose is an assistant professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is completing a book manuscript on the political thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Aaron Dixon is a co-founder and Captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party.  He is the author of My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain (Haymarket Books, 2012).


Al-Yasha Williams is an associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Spelman College.

Deepika Bahri is an associate professor of English at Emory University. She is the author of Native Intelligence: Aesthetics, Politics, and Postcolonial Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2003) and co-editor of two collections of of essays: Between the Lines: South Asians and Postcoloniality (Temple UP, 1996) and Realms of Rhetoric: Inquiries into the Prospects of Rhetoric Education (SUNY P, 2003). In 2006 she edited Empire and Racial Hybridity, a special issue of the journal, South Asian Review. She is currently working on the representation of Anglo-Indians, Eurasians, and racial hybrids in postcolonial literature. HIV/AIDS in developing countries is a secondary research interest. Based on preliminary research in this area, she has written a report entitled AIDS Prevention and Control in Tamil Nadu for USAID/CDC.

Stephane Dunn is the director of the CTEMS program at Morehouse College.  She specializes in film, creative writing, African American and American cultural and literary studies. She authored the 2008 book, Baad Bitches & Sassy Supermamas: Black Power Action Films (U of Illinois Press), which explores the representation of race, gender, and sexuality as they play out in the Black Power and feminist influenced explosion of black action films in the early 1970s, including, Sweetback Sweetback’s Baad Assssss Song, Cleopatra Jones, and Foxy Brown. Her writings about film and black popular culture and history have appeared in several edited books, Ms. magazine, Screening Noir, The Chronicle of Higher Education, TheRoot.com, AJC, CNN.com, and the Best African American Essays (2009) among others. Her plays include You a Baad N***, Titty, Chem Girls, and The Box. She wrote and co-produced the winning first place short film in the 2013 Georgia Lottery- Bronze Lens Film Festival Lights, Camera, Georgia competition. She has received a Napa Valley Writer’s Conference Scholarship and a FMS Postdoctoral Mentoring Fellowship. She is currently working on a novel and a short film.

Valérie Loichot is a Professor of French and English at Emory University. She is that author of Orphan Narratives: The Postplantation Literatures of Faulkner, Glissant, Morrison, and Saint-John Perse (University of Virginia Press, 2007) and The Tropics Bite Back: Culinary Coups in Caribbean Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). She also directed a special issue of La Revue des Sciences humaines in honor of her former mentor Édouard Glissant (Entours d’Édouard Glissant, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2013). Loichot has authored numerous articles on Caribbean literature and culture, Southern literature, creolization theory, transatlantic studies, feminism and exile, and food studies published in journals including Callaloo, Études francophones, French Cultural Studies, The French Review, The International Journal of Francophone Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, and Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism.

Anastasia Valecce is an assistant professor of Spanish at Spelman College.  Her research interests include contemporary Caribbean Studies with a special focus on Cuba, Literature, Performance Studies, Visual Culture, Film Studies, and pop culture.  Recent articles have appeared in Small AxeCuadernos de Literatura del Caribe e Hispanoamérica, and Actas Congreso Caribe.

Paul Taylor is an associate professor of philosophy and African American studies at Penn State.  He is the author of Race: A Philosophical Introduction (Cambridge, UK: Polity – Blackwell, 2004; 2nd ed., 2013); Black Is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics (under contract, Blackwell), and The Philosophy of Race (edited series of reference works; Routledge).  Articles have appeared in, among other places, the Du Bois Review, Philosophical Papers (South Africa), Journal of Speculative PhilosophyTransition, and Contemporary Aesthetics.

Preston King is a distinguished professor of political science and philosophy.  He concurrently holds visiting appointments at Morehouse College (Atlanta), and the University of East Anglia (UK), and is Professor Emeritus at Lancaster University.  Chair of the Political Philosophy Research Committee of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and founder and co-editor of the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP), King has authored many books including Fear of Power, The Ideology of Order, An African Winter, Toleration, Federalism and Federation and Thinking Past a Problem. He has also edited such books as The History of Ideas, The Challenge to Friendship in Modernity, Trust in Reason and Black Leaders and Ideologies in the South. His latest edited book, Friendship in Politics, appeared in 2007.

Gregory Hall has held appointments at several institutions, principally, the University of Central Florida, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Izmir University of Economics (Turkey).  He was a Fulbright Fellow in 1997 (Kazan, Russia).  Since his arrival at Morehouse College in 2006, he has served as Chair of the Department of Political Science, Director of the International Studies Program, and Co-Director of the Asian and Middle East Studies (AMES) Program.  Recent publications include Eternal Colonialism (University Press of America, 2010) and Authority, Ascendancy, and Supremacy: China, Russia, and the United States’ Pursuit of Relevancy and Power (Routledge, 2013).


Kipton E. Jensen is an assistant professor of philosophy at Morehouse College.  He is the author of Hegel: Hovering over the Corpse of Faith and Reason (Cambridge Scholars, 2012) and Parallel Discourses: Religious Identity and Public Health in Botswana (Cambridge Scholars, 2012).  Article-length works have appeared in the Journal of William James Studies, the African Journal of Aids Research, the Journal of African Identities, World Health Organization Bulletin, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Philosophy and Theology, among other places.

Chioke I’Anson teaches philosophy at Spelman College.

Noelle McAfee is a professor of philosophy at Emory University.  She is the author of Democracy and the Political Unconscious (Columbia, 2008); Julia Kristeva (Routledge, 2003); and Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship (Cornell, 2000) and is a co-editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (Fall 2007), Special Issue on Feminist Engagements in Democratic Theory, and Standing with the Public: the Humanities and Democratic Practice (Kettering, 1997).  Articles and reviews have appeared in The Good Society, the Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Philosophy Today, the Higher Education Exchange, Semiotica, Signs, Constellations, Metaphilosophy, Ethics, Teaching Philosophy, Hypatia, and South Central Review.

Peter Lindsay is an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University.  He is the author of Creative Individualism: The Democratic Vision of C. B. Macpherson (SUNY Press, 1996).  Recent articles have appeared or are forthcoming in PS: Political Science and Politics, the Journal of Philosophy and Sport, Polity, Social Theory and Practice, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and the History of Political Thought.


Shay Welch is an assistant professor of philosophy at Spelman College.  Her first book, A Theory of Freedom: Feminism and the Social Contract, was published in 2012 by Palgrave.  Recent articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Constellations, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP), and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.

Andrew J. Douglas is an associate professor of political science at Morehouse College.  He is the author of In the Spirit of Critique: Thinking Politically in the Dialectical Tradition (SUNY Press, 2013).  Recent articles have appeared in, among other places, Constellations, Contemporary Political Theory, Philosophy and Social CriticismThe Review of Politics, the Du Bois Review, and the C.L.R. James Journal.

Lawrence P. Jackson is a professor of English and Africana Studies at Emory University.  He is the author of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius (University of Georgia Press, 2002), The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960 (Princeton University Press, 2010), and My Father’s Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War (University of Chicago Press, 2012).  His articles have appeared in numerous journals, including Southern Quarterly, American Literary History, Southern Literary Journal, and American Literature.

Melvin L. Rogers is an associate professor of political science at UCLA.  He is the author of The Undiscovered Dewey: Religion, Morality, and the Ethos of Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2008) and the editor of a new edition of John Dewey’s The Public and Its Problems (Penn State University Press, 2012).  Recent articles have appeared in, among other places, the American Political Science Review, Transactions of Charles S. Peirce Society, Contemporary Pragmatism, the European Journal of Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, and Philosophy and Social Criticism.

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