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Kathryn Sophia Belle (Kathryn T. Gines)

by SKeira Sep 07, 2018
Kathryn Sophia Belle (Kathryn T. Gines)

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Founding Director, Collegium of Black Women Philosophers

Director, Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

College of the Liberal Arts

242 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802

Email:
Office Phone: (814) 865-1652

Education:

  1. M.A., Philosophy, University of Memphis, 2001
  2. Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Memphis, 2003

Biography:

Professor Belle's 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.  Under the name Kathryn T. Genes, she 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 Belle is the founding director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers (CBWP), the former director (2010-2016) of Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP), and a founding co-editor (2013-2016) of the journal Critical Philosophy of Race (CPR).  She has been 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. 

As a happily unmarried co-parent of four wonderful and well-adjusted children, she has a passion for empowering academics and high achieving professionals.  Belle offers coaching and workshops on work/life balance, wellness and self-care, and discovering/defining your purpose.  She is also a certified yoga instructor (RYT, 500).


Faculty Fellowship Project: "The Ethics of Buddhism at the Intersections of Race and Black Feminism"

InThe Ethics of Buddhism at the Intersections of Race and Black Feminism, I argue that Buddhism provides tools for ethical literacy and leadership to analyze and address oppressive systems (e.g. caste, racism, colonialism, sexism, heterosexism) on multiple levels. This project brings together my expertise in Critical Philosophy of Race and Black Feminist Intersectionality to Buddhist Studies, while also addressing the under-theorization of Buddhism in Critical Philosophy of Race and Black Feminist Intersectionality discourses. It aligns directly with several of The Rock Ethics Institute’s initiatives including Critical Philosophy of Race, Religious and Spiritual Ethics, Gender and Sex Equity, and Restorative Justice.