Alberto G. Urquidez

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I am a philosopher and Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Olaf College. My work intersects Philosophy of Race, Critical Race Theory, Decolonial Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Social and Political Philosophy, and the social sciences. In all things philosophical, I draw inspiration from Ludwig Wittgenstein's later philosophy of language.

My research program focuses on the nature and normative dimensions of racism. My monograph, (Re-)Defining Racism, was published in 2020 by Palgrave Macmillan. My book systematically critiques contemporary theories of racism—including the theories of Jorge Garcia, Tommie Shelby, Lawrence Blum, Clevis Headley, Leonard Harris, Charles Mills, and others. Through these critiques, I develop a prescriptive framework for defining the term "racism." (Read endorsements and a description of the book here.)

I am honored to have received recognition for my research. I am the recipient of the 2017 American Philosophical Association Journal of Value Inquiry Prize, the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, and the Phillips Exeter Dissertation Fellowship. As an undergraduate student, I participated in the Ronald E. McNair Scholar's program.

My research papers may be viewed and/or downloaded from my social media sites.