Christopher Lebron

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Chris Lebron is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Philosophy. His interests include moral theory, political ethics, race, and method. His book, The Color Of Our Shame: Race and Justice In Our Time, was published by Oxford University Press in August 2013 and was awarded First Book Prize by the American Political Science Association Foundations of Political Theory section. His article, “The Agony of a Racial Democracy,” was published in Theory & Event vol 15, no. 3, 2012, a symposium on the shooting of Trayvon Martin. His article “Equality From A Human Point Of View,” was published in Critical Philosophy of Race vol 2, no. 2 2014. His paper, “Thoughts on Racial Democratic Education and Moral Virtue,” was published in Research & Theory in Education vol 13 no. 2 (2015).  He has also written a number of book reviews and an entry for the Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Classics in Political Theory on Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic. Chris has completed his second book, The Making of ‘Black Lives Matter’: A Brief History of an Idea, which will be published by Oxford University Press; it is scheduled for publication in 2017. His third book on imagination, ethics, and racial egalitarianism is currently in progress. Additionally, Chris has been active in public forums discussing race, social justice, and democratic ethics having written a number of pieces for The New York Times, The Stone column, Boston Review and other outlets.

New York Times, The Stone
“What, To the Black American, Is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?”
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/what-to-the-black-americ…

“Time For A New Black Radicalism”
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/22/time-for-a-new-black-rad…

“The Inheritance of Disaffection”
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/30/the-inheritance-of-disaf…
“Race, Truth, and Our Two Realities”
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/opinion/race-truth-and-our-two-realiti…

Boston Review
“I’m Fine How I Am: A Response to Randall Kennedy’s Respectability Politics”
http://www.bostonreview.net/books-ideas/chris-lebron-response-randall-ke…

“The Invisibility of Black Women”
http://www.bostonreview.net/blog/christopher-lebron-invisibility-black-w…

“Lynching By Any Other Name”
http://www.bostonreview.net/us/christopher-lebron-california-horror-lync…

Selected Additional Contributions
Interview with 3:AM Magazine
http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/the-colour-of-our-shame/

“Hypocrisy Democracy”
http://www.thecritique.com/articles/hypocrisy-democracy/

The Pauly Cast with Paul Dolman
http://paulsamueldolman.com/parent/podcasts/pauly-cast/chris-lebron-161/

 

Education: 
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
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