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Linda Martín Alcoff papers (Ms.2010.040)

Brown University Library

Box A, John Hay Library
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146
E-mail: hay@brown.edu

Biographical note

Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and City University of New York Graduate Center. She works primarily in continental philosophy, epistemology, feminist theory, Latino philosophy, and philosophy of race. Alcoff earned her B.A. in philosophy in 1980 and her M.A. in philosophy in 1983, both from Georgia State University. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University in 1987.

Alcoff’s books and anthologies include Feminist Epistemologies co-edited with Elizabeth Potter (Routledge, 1993), Thinking From the Underside of History co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta (2000),Epistemology: The Big Questions (1998), Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory of Knowledge(1996), Identities co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta (2002),Singing in the Fire: Tales of Women in Philosophy (2003),Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (2006), The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy co-edited with Eva Feder Kittay (2006), and Identity Politics Reconsidered co-edited with Michael Hames-Garcia, Satya Mohanty and Paula Moya (2006). She has written over fifty articles concerning Foucault, sexual violence, the politics of epistemology, gender and race identity, and Latino issues. She is currently at work on two new books: a collection of feminist essays, and an account of political epistemology. Also forthcoming are an anthology co- edited with Mariana Ortega on the topic of race and nationalism, and two anthologies co-edited with Jack Caputo, one on St. Paul and one on feminism, sexuality, and the return of religion.

Alcoff has held an ACLS Fellowship, a Society for the Humanities at Cornell University Fellowship, and she was named one of Syracuse University's first Meredith Professors for Teaching Excellence. She has served on the Executive Committee and the Nominating Committee of the American Philosophical Association, as Chair of the Committee on Hispanics/Latinos for the APA, as Co- Director of SPEP (the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy), and is currently on the APA Eastern Division Program Committee. She was named the Distinguished Woman in Philosophy for 2005 by the Society for Women in Philosophy, and in 2006 she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine. In 2009, Alcoff’s book, Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self, was selected for the Frantz Fanon Prize.

The biography was taken from Alcoff's website: http://www.alcoff.com/