The Rock Ethics Institute


Critical Philosophy of Race Faculty Fellowships

Anna Julia Cooper Fellowship

From 2010 through the 2014/15 academic year, this fellowship was intended for a tenure track philosopher from an underrepresented race to spend up to a week at the University Park campus to present their work in a research environment, be mentored on publishing with a view to tenure, and in turn mentor Penn State philosophy graduate students in preparation for the profession. The application consisted of a curriculum vitae, a statement of ongoing research projects, a writing sample, and the names of two referees.

Natalie Cisneros Headshot

2014 Anna Julia Cooper Fellow

Natalie Cisneros
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Gettysburg College


Natalie Cisneros is the 2014-2015 Alain Locke Research Fellow at Penn State University and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gettysburg College. Her recent work appears in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and Philosophy Imprisoned: The Love of Wisdom in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Eds. Sarah Tyson and Joshua M. Hall). Currently, she is completing a book manuscript that draws on the work of Michel Foucault and Gloría Anzaldúa, as well as other feminists and critical race theorists, to suggest a new approach to political and ethical questions surrounding immigration.

2013 Anna Julia Cooper Fellow

2013 Anna Julia Cooper Fellow

Timothy Joseph Golden
Associate Professor of Philosophy, West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Timothy Joseph Golden (J.D., Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law; Ph.D., University of Memphis) is associate professor of philosophy and director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His areas of specialization are 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, African American philosophy/critical race theory, and philosophy of religion/philosophical theology.

While at Penn State as the Anna Julia Cooper Fellow, on February 12, 2013, he presented his essay entitled "Immortality and Infinity: Subjectivity in Kant and Levinas." In this essay, he argues that Kant presents a bifurcated self that is both empirical and moral. The moral self disrupts the continuity of the empirical self even as the Other disrupts the self in Levinas. Kant's moral self is transformed into an immortal soul with the infinite task of complete conformity to the moral law. He concludes that infinity affects the moral subject in Kant just as in Levinas: infinity pushes the self toward infinite moral obligation.

Professor Golden also led a discussion in Dr. Robert Bernasconi's and Dr. Nancy Tuana's course on critical philosophy of race, where he discussed his work on Paradox and Indirect Communication in the works of Søren Kierkegaard and Derrick Bell. He hopes to publish an essay on this topic soon.

Professor Golden's most recent publication, "Epistemic Addiction: Reading 'Sonny's Blues' with Levinas, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche," appears in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy, and his next publication, "From Logos to Sarx: Black Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion," is forthcoming in The Black Scholar.

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Chike Jeffers
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dalhousie University


Chike Jeffers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). He obtained his Ph.D. in 2010 from Northwestern University. He has published articles and book chapters in Africana philosophy and has edited Listening to Ourselves: A Multilingual Anthology in African Philosophy, forthcoming from SUNY Press.

Dr. Jeffers led a talk on "The Cultural Theory of Race." You can learn more about that on our events page.

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Desirée H. Melton
Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of Notre Dame of Maryland


Desirée H. Melton is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. at Binghamton University.  She has published articles in an anthology on the work of Iris Marion Young and in the Feminist Ethics and Social Theory Series.

Dr. Melton let a talk on "Speechless: The Language of Existentialism." You can learn more about that on our events page.

2010 Anna Julia Cooper Fellow2010 Anna Julia Cooper Fellow

Kris Fauna Camille Sealey
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Fairfield University


Kris Sealey is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Memphis, Memphis TN. Currently, she is working on a book that brings together the work of Jean-Paul Sartre and Emmanuel Levinas across questions of transcendence and responsibility. She also has an article forthcoming in Levinas Studies, entitled “Levinas’ Early Account of Transcendence: Locating Alterity in the ‘il y a’.