Alberto G. Urquidez

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University.  My primary area of research falls in the camp of philosophy of race.  However, my work intersects various other areas, including critical race theory, decolonial philosophy, philosophy of language, social and political philosophy, as well as the social sciences.  In all things philosophical, I draw inspiration from Ludwig Wittgenstein's later philosophy of language.  In all things racial, I draw inspiration from the Black Radical Tradition (particularly the work of Leonard Harris and Tommy J. Curry).

I am interested in the nature and normative dimensions of racism.  My monograph, (Re-)Defining Racism, published in 2020 by Palgrave Macmillan, systematically critiques contemporary theories of racism.  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 platforms.