Latin American and Latino/a Philosophy


This is a growing area of philosophical scholarship and teaching, with national conferences held nearly every year, regular panels at the APA, a new journal, and numerous books and articles in print.

Below are compiled annotated lists of philosophy departments in which graduate and undergraduate students might pursue an interest in this area.  These lists have been developed by our Advisory Board (the members can be found under the tab “Advisory Boards”).  We have left these lists unranked because with just one main faculty member representing the field for each of these departments, students should consider their own interests in relation to the specific areas of expertise of these particular faculty.

Graduate Programs:

The programs listed below provide support for graduate level work in this area. We used the following five criteria to create this list, but we strongly urge students to research these departments on their own, using these points as an initial guide.

1) There must be the ability to work with at least one solid expert in the field, who is preferably a full, voting member of the philosophy department.

2) Also vital is a general pluralistic climate in the philosophy department as a whole that conveys support for this sub-field and for Latino/a faculty and students. For this purpose it would be useful to cross reference the lists below with the Critical  Philosophy of Race and Ethnicity list from this Guide.

3) The department should welcome Spanish and other relevant languages as philosophically important languages to master.

4) There should be other faculty in other departments at the institution, outside of philosophy, who may also be consulted.

5)  There should be other faculty in philosophy departments within the city, region, or state, who might also be consulted, who might serve on a committee as an outside reader, and so forth.

Recommended programs for graduate level work:  The following programs meet all five of these criteria at least to some extent. We have included the name of the principal faculty member who has expertise in this field.

  • SUNY Buffalo (Jorge Gracia)
  • Texas A&M (Gregory Pappas)
  • SUNY Stony Brook (Eduardo Mendieta)
  • DePaul (Elizabeth Millán)
  • SUNY Binghamton (Maria Lugones)
  • University of Oregon (Alejandro Vallega)
  • CUNY Graduate Center (Linda Martín Alcoff )
  • Vanderbilt (Jose Medina)
  • Marquette (Grant Silva)

A related, overlapping area of study is Caribbean Philosophy; the following departments are recommended in this area:

  • Northwestern (Charles Mills)
  • Temple (Lewis Gordon)
  • Marquette (Michael Monahan)
  • Rutgers (Nelson Maldonado-Torres, in Comparative Literature)

Recommended Undergraduate and/or M.A. Programs: (unranked) The following programs have at least one faculty member with an expertise in this area.

  • San Diego State (Angelo Corlett)
  • Oregon State (José-Antonio Orosco)
  • St. Cloud State (Susana Nuccetelli)
  • John Carroll University (Mariana Ortega)
  • University of San Francisco (Manuel Vargas)
  • Colorado College (Alberto Hernández- Lemus)
  • Le Moyne College (Mario Sáenz)
  • Cal State-Northridge (Gregory Velazco-Trianosky)
  • San Jose State (Carlos Alberto Sanchez)
  • Univeristy of Dayton (Ernesto Velazquez)
  • Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio (Jorge M. Valadez)
  • University of Texas-Pan American (Mariana Alessandri and Cynthia Paccacerqua)
  • University of Portland (Alejandro Santana)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (Elena Ruíz-Aho)
  • University of Texas El Paso (Caroline Arruda)
  • Worcester State University (Jose Jorge Mendoza)