Kathryn Gines, Ph.D.

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Kathryn Gines, Ph.D.


University of Memphis, 2003

Email:  ktg3@psu.edu

Professor Gines' primary research and teaching interests lie in Continental philosophy (especially Existentialism and Phenomenology), African American/Africana Philosophy, Black Feminist Philosophy, and Critical Philosophy of Race.  She has also taught in African American Studies/African Diaspora Studies.  Some of the major figures she writes about and teaches include Hannah Arendt, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon,  Anna Julia Cooper and Richard Wright.  Professor Gines has published articles on race, assimilation, feminism, intersectionality, and sex and sexuality in contemporary hip-hop.  She  co-edited an anthology titled "Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy" (SUNY Press, 2010) and is author of "Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question" (Indiana University Press, 2014).  Professor Gines is the founding director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers (CBWP), the director of Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP), and a founding co-editor of the journal Critical Philosophy of Race (CPR).  She is an active member of several professional organizations such as the American Philosophical Association, Society for Phenomenology and Existentialist Philosophy, Caribbean Philosophical Association, and Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora.  Married with four children she has a passion for empowering academics and professionals in the areas of work, life, and wellness balance.  The founding director of Work.Life.Wellness.Balance.Bliss, Gines offers workshops on work/life balance, academic balance, home balance, and wellness and self-care balance.  She is certified yoga instructor (RYT, 500 with an emphasis on yoga lifestyle teaching).  Dr. Gines is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers at Penn State.