Tommie Shelby

Tommie Shelby

Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy
Tommie Shelby

Tommie Shelby received his B.A. from Florida A & M University (1990) and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh (1998). Prior to coming to Harvard in 2000, he taught philosophy at Ohio State University (1996-2000). His main areas of research and teaching are Africana philosophy, social and political philosophy, philosophy of race, and social theory.

He is the author of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity (Harvard, 2005) and coeditor (with Derrick Darby) of Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason (Open Court, 2005). Other recent publications include:

“Racism, Moralism, and Social Criticism,” Du Bois Review (forthcoming).

“Impure Dissent: Hip Hop and the Political Ethics of Marginalized Black Urban Youth,” in From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age, ed. Danielle Allen and Jennifer Light (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).

“Liberalism, Self-Respect, and Troubling Cultural Patterns in Ghettos,” in The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth, ed. Orlando Patterson and Ethan Fosse (Harvard University Press, forthcoming).

“Race” in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy, ed. David Estlund (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 336-353.

“Justice, Work, and the Ghetto Poor,” Law & Ethics of Human Rights 6 (2012): 70-96.

“The Ethics of Uncle Tom’s Children,” Critical Inquiry 38 (Spring 2012): 513-532.

"Justice and Racial Conciliation: Two Visions," Daedalus 140 (Winter 2011): 95-107.

“Justice, Deviance, and the Dark Ghetto,” Philosophy & Public Affairs 35 (Spring 2007): 126-160.

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