Research

I am principally interested in the theory and practice of epistemic decolonization; the method, ethics, and politics of liberation philosophy; the Afro-Caribbean anti-colonial tradition, especially in the works of Sylvia Wynter and Frantz Fanon; philosophy of religion and theories of secularization; the history of Latin American philosophies and theologies; the legacy of Hegelian-Marxism in critical theory; women of color, transnational, and decolonial feminisms; among other related topics. 

Virgen Zapatista
La Virgen Indígena, by Zapatista artist Petul.

My dissertation, “Decolonial Responses to Secularism from the Underside of Modernity,” investigated the relationship between secularism and colonization as theorized by contemporary Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx thinkers. This work brought together debates on postsecularity alongside the decolonial turn to rethink modern dialectics of secularization from the specific perspective of Latin America and the Caribbean. I am currently revising and expanding this project into a book manuscript tentatively titled Decolonizing the Postsecular.

As a project parallel to Decolonizing the Postsecular, I am also editing a special issue of The CLR James Journal titled “Decolonizing Spiritualities,” that explores the relevance of spirituality to decolonization.

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

My research has been generously 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.