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; and decolonial feminisms. Such work principally overlaps with concerns in social and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and comparative philosophy. I also retain interests in the legacy of Hegelian-Marxism in critical theory, Third World liberation theologies, among other related topics.
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.
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.