My main field of research is Latin American and Caribbean philosophy, especially decolonial thought. I am thus interested in topics such as the theory and practice of epistemic decolonization; the method, ethics, and politics of liberation philosophy; the Afro-Caribbean anti-colonial tradition, particularly in the works of Sylvia Wynter and Frantz Fanon; the history of Latin American thought; comparative philosophy; and decolonial feminisms. I also work on the intersection between religion, politics, and secularization, an inquiry that brings together discussions in philosophy of religion, political theology, liberation theologies, and critical social theory.
My current project, tentatively titled Decolonizing the Postsecular, brings debates on epistemic decolonization to bear on theories of secularization and postsecularity as developed by figures such as Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor. It traces the relationship between secularism and colonization and offers an account of the modern dialectics of secularization from the perspective of Latin American and Caribbean decolonial thought. As a project parallel to Decolonizing the Postsecular, I have edited a special issue of The CLR James Journal titled “Decolonizing Spiritualities,” that explores the relevance of spirituality to decolonization.
My publications appear in the anthology Decolonising the University, the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, and the following journals: The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Journal of World Philosophies, Comparative and Continental Philosophy, TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, The CLR James Journal, Political Theology, Philosophy and Global Affairs, Philosophy Today, Radical Philosophy Review, and LÁPIZ.
See my Academia page for access to some of these publications.
Besides DePaul, Rutgers, and Northwestern, my research has been financially supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.