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Ph.D., Philosophy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/74
M.A., Philosophy, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 8/70
B.A., English and Philosophy, Central State University, Wilberforce, OH, 8/69

Faculty positions

Professor, Purdue University, 1991-
Professor, Morgan State University (MSU) 1989-1990; Associate Professor, 1985-1989; Assistant Professor, 1980-1985
Assistant Professor, University of the District of Columbia, DC, 1978-80
Assistant Professor, Livingston College, Rutgers University, NJ, 1974-78
Adjunct Professor: Oxford Centre for African Studies, Summer Institute, 1990

[Interdisciplinary Graduate Faculty Memberships, Purdue University]

American Studies Program
Philosophy and Literature Ph.D. Program, Departments of Philosophy, English, Foreign Languages African American Studies and Research Center Faculty

Honorary positions

University Distinguished Visiting Professor, William Paterson University, 2002-2003 King's College, Cambridge, UK, Visiting Scholar, summer 1984


Harvard University, Fellow, Non-Resident, 2001-2002
Portia Washington Pittman Fellow, Tuskegee Institute, AL, 1980-81 Moton Center for Independent Study, Fellow, PA, 1976-77


Fulbright Scholar, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Fall 1998; Makerere University, Uganda, Spring 1999

Awards and honors

Herbert Schneider Award for "Distinguished contributions to the understanding of American Philosophy,” 2018
College of Liberal Arts Discovery Excellence Award for the Humanities, 2017
Franz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award, Caribbean Philosophical Association, 2014
Certificate of Appreciation, Diversity and Retention Initiatives through Volunteering, Education and Networking, Purdue University, 2006
Alain L. Locke Award, Howard University, in recognition for pioneering efforts and outstanding contributions to research in Africana Philosophy and Alain Locke Scholarship, September 1999
Recognized by the American Philosophical Association (APA) for outstanding contribution to the profession, invited reception sponsored by the APA, Atlanta, GA, December 1996
Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference, in recognition of contributions to philosophy, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, 1994-
Tribute to Alain Locke and The Philosophy of Alain Locke, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, 1989

Lecture Series/ Classes

“Cultural Evolution, Virtual Communities, Crisis and Liberation:  Marx, Luxemburg, W.E.B Du Bois and Locke,” presented at the conference:Capitalist Crisis and Marx’s Critical Theory in Memory of the 200th Birthday of Karl Marx, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, October 18-21, 2018

Session Director, “Philosophy and Literature,” The XXIII World Congress of Philosophy, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés, FISP, August 2018

Shifting the Geography of Reason XV: Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA)
La Société sénégalaise de philosophie (SOSEPHI),  Philosophy Born of Struggle (PBS)
Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), Dakar, Sénégal – June 20–22, 2018 

"What, then, is 'Philosophy Born of ​Struggle," The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of World Literature, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 2018; 

African American Literary History:  A Comprehensive Collection of Translation & Research and A History of African American Literary Criticism, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China, 2018

Institute of World Literature and Comparative, Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages, Shaoxing, China, 2018

School of Foreign Languages at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, 2018

World Ethical Institute, Peking University, 2017

Founders Address, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, 2017

World Distinguished Scholar – English Division, Philosophy and Literature course, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, Summer 2016 

Sample Publications


Necro-Being:  An Actuarial Account of Racism, Res Philosophica, Vol. 95, No. 2, April 2018, pp. 1–31.

Can a Pragmatist Recite a Preface to a Twenty VolumeSuicide Note?  Or Insurrectionist Challenges to Pragmatism—Walker, Child, and Locke, the pluralist, Vol. 13, No. 1(Spring 2018)1–25.

Symposium on Insurrectionist Ethics (Harrisonian approach), Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society, 49:1, Winter 2013,

Leonard Harris, "Insurrectionist Ethics: Advocacy, Moral Psychology, and Pragmatism," John Howie, ed., Ethical Issues for a New Millennium: The Wayne Leys Memorial Lectures, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2002, pp. 192-210.

“Tolerance, réconciliation et groupes,” Guerre et Réconciliation, Jounée de la Philosophie àl UNESCO, 2003, pp. 59-94.


 "Telos and Tradition: Making the Future, Brides to Future Traditions," Philosophia Africana, 16:2(Winter 2014)59-71.

“Prolegomenon to a Tradition: What is American Philosophy?” Co-editor, Anne S. Waters, Scott Pratt, American Philosophies, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Company, 2002, pp. 5-6.



“The Great Debate: Alain L. Locke vs. W.E.B. Du Bois,” Philosophia Africana,7:1(March 2004)13-37.

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