I'm the Caldwell Titcomb Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University, where I have taught since 2000. I first became interested in philosophy (and in the world of ideas more generally) as a sophomore at Florida A & M University. I went on to earn my Ph.D in the subject at the University of Pittsburgh (1998). I'm the author of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity (Harvard University Press, 2005). Derrick Darby and I coedited Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason (Open Court, 2005). My book Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform (Harvard University Press) will be published fall 2016.
My 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. The thinkers who have most influenced me include Martin Delany, Karl Marx, W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, John Rawls, and G.A. Cohen. In terms of subject matter, philosophical style, and approach to the questions I address, my work seeks to emulate and build upon the writings of Bernard R. Boxill and Kwame Anthony Appiah.