We’re excited to announce Dr. Denise James from the University of Dayton will speak as a guest lecturer at the July 2011 residency. Her lecture is entitled, “The Crisis in Dayton: A Philosophical Response.” See below for information on Dr. James.
Denise James, Ph.D.
Denise James was born in Richmond, Virginia into a working class family where few people had the opportunity to go to college. When she graduated from high school, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Spelman College. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where she wrote a dissertation titled, “Critical Steps towards a Creative Public Sphere for an Actually Existing American Democracy,” concerning notions of social justice and local political participation. She joined the Philosophy Department faculty of the University of Dayton in 2008.
Her areas of specialization are American social and political philosophy, pragmatism, critical race and feminist theories. She is most interested in the relationship between political subjectivity and location. Primary questions to her research are: How are we political? What are our opportunities to participate in governance? How does our geographical location affect our ability to become political subjects? How is oppression geographical and how does geographical oppression affect women’s thriving?
She believes that our social problems require that we take an active interest in democratic thinking and participation and that one of the major issues which still confronts us today is the gender based sexual abuse, harassment and violence many poor and working class women of color face. She hopes to be a part of the solution through community activism and scholarly work that actively fight oppression and try to build communities of support for the oppressed. It is her hope that the work she does both in the academy and outside of the academy will help spark discussion and build communities that would support the thriving of all people, especially the poor and marginalized.
She has recently published articles about street violence against young women and girls, black feminist pragmatism and has a forthcoming chapter about hip-hop and political subjectivity.