Research

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 philosophies; decolonial feminisms; among others.

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 am currently editing a special issue of The CLR James Journal titled “Decolonizing Spiritualities,” that explores the relevance of spirituality to decolonization.

Virgen Zapatista
La Virgen Indígena, by Zapatista artist Petul.

My work generally overlaps with interests in areas such as social and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, feminist philosophy, and comparative philosophy. I also retain other interests such as the legacy of Hegelian-Marxism in critical theory, Third World liberation theologies, and more.

My publications appear in the anthology Decolonising the University, and the journals Radical Philosophy Review, The CLR James Journal, and Political Theology.

Besides Northwestern and Rutgers, 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.