Benjamin Davis, Ph.D.
African American Studies
Ph.D., Philosophy, Emory University, 2020
Benjamin Davis teaches and writes in the areas of Caribbean philosophy, Latin American
philosophy, decolonial philosophy, and the theory and practice of human rights. His
research has appeared in journals such as The CLR James Journal: The Journal of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development. He is the author of Choose Your Bearing: Édouard Glissant, Human Rights, and Decolonial Ethics (Edinburgh UP, 2023). He has also written for general audiences in Public Seminar. Prior to joining SLU, Davis was Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics at the University
of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics.
His writing can be found on his website and Academia page.
Caribbean philosophy, American philosophy, the philosophy of race, human rights, decolonial and postcolonial theory, feminist philosophy, ethics, Glissant, Du Bois, Hall, Weil, Arendt.
Publications and Media Placements
- “Humanism,” Political Theology Network, 2022.
- “The Promises of Standing Rock: Three Approaches to Human Rights,” Humanity, 2021.
- “What Could Human Rights Do? A Decolonial Inquiry,” Transmodernity, 2020.
- “Stuart Hall’s Ethics,” in conversation with David Scott, 2020.
- “The Politics of Édouard Glissant’s Right to Opacity,” The CLR James Journal, 2019.