Nelson Maldonado-Torres, No title assigned

Office hours: TBA I am currently working on a book-length project entitled Fanonian Meditations, which aims to spell out the epistemological basis of "ethnic studies" and related areas.  It continues the reflection on decolonial ethics and epistemology in my previous book, Against War, by looking at the work of a variety of intellectuals of color.


PhD, Religious Studies with a Certificate for Outstanding Work in Africana Studies, Brown University
BA, Philosophy, University of Puerto Rico

Research interests

Comparative critical and decolonial theorizing, theories of race and ethnicity, decolonial feminism, phenomenology, and social and political philosophy.


ES 11AC. Theories and Concepts in Race and Ethnicity
ES 20AC. Introduction to Ethnic Studies
ES 101B. Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies
ES/CS 110. Latina/o Philosophy and Religion in Comparative Perspective
ES/Africam 170. Fanon and the Network Society
ES 250. Theorizing the Human: Philosophical Perspectives Beyond the Color-Line
ES 250. Fanon, Phenomenology, and Psychoanalysis
ES 250. Radical Political Thought

Courses in 2009-2010
Fall: ES 20AC. Introduction to Ethnic Studies
ES 302. Professional Orientation
Spring: ES 11AC. Theories and Concepts in Race and Ethnicity (with M. Omi)

Selected publications

Book: Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity. Durham: Duke UP, 2008

Edited book: co-editor with Ramón Grosfoguel and José David Saldívar. Latin@s in the World-System: Decolonization Struggles in the 21st Century U.S. Empire. Boulder, Co.: Paradigm Press, 2005.

Selected articles and book reviews:
"The Time and Space of Race: Reflections on David Theo Goldberg's Inter-relational and Comparative Methodology: A Review of The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism (2009)."  Forthcoming in Patterns of Prejudice.

A review of Taken from the Lips: Gender and Eros in Mesoamerican Religions.  Brill Publishers.  Leiden, The Netherlands.  2006.  In C.L.R. James Journal, forthcoming in 2009.

A review of Latinos in America: Philosophy and Social Identity.  By Jorge J.E. Gracia.  Blackwell Publishers, 2008.  272 pages.  In Latino Studies 7.2 (2009) 284-6.

"Lewis Gordon: Philosopher of the Human." C.L.R. James Journal. 14, no. 1 (2008): 103-37.

"Post-continental Philosophy: Its Definition, Contours, and Fundamental Sources."  Worlds and Knowledges Otherwise.  Vol. 1, 3 (Fall 2006): 29 pp.  

"Decolonization and the New Identitarian Logics after September 11: Eurocentrism and Americanism against the Barbarian Threats." Radical Philosophy Review Vol 8. No. 1 (Wynter 2005): 35-67.

"The Topology of Being and the Geopolitics of Knowledge: Modernity, Empire, Coloniality."  City 8.1 (2004): 29-56. 

Honors & Awards

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships


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