Kathryn Belle

Kathryn Belle
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Kathryn Belle

Director, 2021-2023
Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies
Founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers

Areas of Specialization

  • Continental Philosophy
  • Africana Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Race
  • Black Feminist Philosophy

Recent Courses

  • Radically Rethinking Democracy, Oppression, and Liberation
  • Race and Sexuality

Recent Publications

(Published under the name Kathryn T. Gines)

  • “Black Feminist Reflections on Charles Mills’s ‘Intersecting Contracts’” in Critical Philosophy of Race, Special Issue: Charles Mills, Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 2017, pages 19-28.
  • “Ruminations on Twenty-Five Years of Patricia Hill Collins’ Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment” in Ethnic and Racial Studies.  Volume 38, Number 13, 2015, pages 2241-2348.  Invited.
  • “Comparative and Competing Frameworks of Oppression in Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex” in Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal.  Volume 35, Numbers 1-2, 2014, pages 251 – 273.
  • “A Critique of Postracialism: Conserving Race and Complicating Blackness Beyond the Black-white Binary” in Du Bois Review.  Volume 11, Issue 1, Spring 2014, pages 75-86.
  • Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question (Indiana University Press, 2014).
  • “Reflections on the Legacy and Future of Continental Philosophy With Regard to the Critical Philosophy of Race” in The Southern Journal of Philosophy. Volume 50, Issue 2, June 2012, pages 329-344.
  • “Academe as Extreme Sport: Black Women, Faculty Development, and Networking”(Co-authored with Dannielle Joy Davis, Cassandra Chaney, LaWanda Edwards, and G. Kaye Thompson-Rogers) in Work in Academia: Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Female Scholars in Higher Education – Negro Educational Review. Winter 2011, Volume 62.
  • “The Man Who Lived Underground: Jean-Paul Sartre and the Philosophical Legacy of Richard Wright” in Sartre Studies International. Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 42-59, 2011.
  • “Black Feminism and Intersectional Analyses: A Defense of Intersectionality” in Philosophy Today. Volume 55, pages 275-284, SPEP Supplement 2011.
  • “Being a Black Woman Philosopher: Reflections on Founding the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers” in Hypatia, Volume 26, Issue 2, Spring 2011, pages 429-437.
  • “From Color-Blind to Post-Racial: Blacks and Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century” in Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. XLI, Number 3, pages 370-384, Fall 2010.
  • “Book Review: Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist: A Critical Introduction. By Vivian M. May (New York: Routledge, 2007.); Black Women’s Intellectual Traditions: Speaking Their Minds. By Kristin Waters and Carol B. Conaway (eds.) (Burlington: University of Vermont Press, 2007); Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850 – 1954: An Intellectual History. By Stephanie Y. Evans (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007.); and Daughter of the Revolution: The Major Nonfiction Works of Pauline E. Hopkins. By Ira Dworkin (ed.). (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007)” in SIGNS. Volume 34, No. 2, 2008.
  • “Race Thinking and Racism in Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism” in Imperialism, Slavery, Race, and Genocide: The Legacy of Hannah Arendt. (Eds. Dan Stone and Richard King. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007.)
  • “The Ambiguity of Assimilation: Commentary on Eamonn Callan’s, ‘The Ethics of Assimilation’” in Symposia on Gender Race and Philosophy, Volume 2, number 2. May 2006. Posted online at http://web.mit.edu/sgrp/2006/no2/Gines0506.pdf
  • “Sex and Sexuality in Contemporary Hip-Hop” in Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason – a series in Pop Culture and Philosophy. (Eds. Derrick Darby and Tommie Shelby. Chicago: Open Court, 2005)
  • “Sartre and Fanon: Fifty Years Later” in Sartre Studies International. Volume 9, Issue 2, 2003.
  • Co-translated from French with Mary Beth Mader. David, Alain. “Negros” inRace and Racism in Continental Philosophy. (Ed. Robert Bernasconi. Indiana University Press, 2003.)
  • “Sonia Kruks’ Retrieving Experience: A Review” in Sartre Studies International. Volume 8, No. 2, 2002.
  • “The Black Atlantic, Afrocentricity, and Existential Phenomenology: Theoretical Tools for Black European Studies.” Black European Studies, hosted by Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Volkswagenstiftung. Posted online at Synlabor.de
  • “Anna Julia Cooper: from the Black Women’s Club Movement to New Negro Women.”

Current Projects

  • Critical Intersectional Approaches to Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex
  • The Ethics of Buddhism at the Intersections of Race and Black Feminism