George Yancy

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Office: Bowden Hall 321

Phone: 404.727.0105

Fax: 404.712.9425

Email: george.d.yancy@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy

Emory University
561 S. Kilgo Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322

Additional Websites

Education

  • PhD, Duquesne University, (With Distinction)
  • M.A, Africana Studies, New York University
  • M.A, Philosophy, Yale University
  • B.A , Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, (Cum Laude)

Research

  • Critical Philosophy of Race
  • Critical Whiteness Studies
  • Critical Phenomenology (especially racial embodiment)
  • African-American Philosophy and Philosophy of the Black Experience

Awards, Fellowships, and Distinctions

  • Awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2021-2022. 
  • In 2021, honored through the publication of George Yancy:  A Critical Introduction. Edited by Kimberley Ducey, Clevis Headley, and Joe R. Feagin, with Foreword by Judith Butler (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).  The book consists of multiple essays by various scholars engaging my philosophical corpus.   
  • Visiting Scholar at Cornell University's School of Criticism and Theory (June-July 2021).
  • In 2021, Cited at Academic Influence as one of the top 10 influential philosophers in the last 10 years, 2010-2020, based upon the number of citations and web presence.
  • 2019-20 University of Pennsylvania's Inaugural Provost's Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellow.
  • 2019 (to the present) Endowed Chair Appointment as the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University.
  • 2019 Distinguished Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, one of the college’s highest honors.
  • Delivered the 2019 Griffith Endowed Lecture: "Black Vulnerability and white Backlash," George Washington University. 
  • In 2017, Our Black Sons Matter was listed by Booklist as a Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction book.
  • In 2016, "Dear White America" in The Stone (The New York Times) won the American Philosophical Association Committee on Public Philosophy's Op-Ed Contest.
  • In 2014, Diversity Scholar in Residence at Alleghany College (fall semester). 
  • In 2014, "Walking While Black in the White Gaze" in The Stone (The New York Times) won the American Philosophical Association Committee on Public Philosophy's Op-Ed Contest.
  • In 2013, became Founding Editor of Philosophy of Race Book Series at Lexington Books.
  • NEH Award through the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, 2012.
  • Nominated for the Duquesne University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2012.
  • Duquesne University McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2012.
  • CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Title, 2009.
  • Honorable Mention from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, 2008.
  • Nominated for the Duquesne University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2008.
  • Duquesne University McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2008.
  • 2007-2013, Creator and Coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Speaker Series at Duquesne University. 
  • Wimmer Family Foundation Grant to complete authored book, Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race, Duquesne University, 2006.
  • First junior faculty member at Duquesne University to receive Honorable Mention for College Excellence in Faculty Scholarship, Duquesne University, 2006.
  • CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Title, 2005.
  • Awarded Duquesne University Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2004.
  • Awarded Distinguished Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, New York University, 2003.
  • Award for Excellence in Scholarship by a Graduate Student, Duquesne University, 2000.
  • CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Title, 1999.
  • Awarded Inaugural Distinguished McAnulty Fellowship in the Department of Philosophy, Duquesne University, 1999–2003.
  • Awarded Yale University Fellowship, 1987–1990.

Keynote Addresses

Keynote Speaker for the 5th Conference of the International Alfred Schutz Circle for Phenomenology and Interpretive Sociology. Theme: “The Experience of the Stranger: The Struggle to Find a Home and the Struggle to Welcome the Stranger.” Paper: “The Danger of White Innocence.” June 4, 2021.  

Keynote Speaker for the theme: Racial Equity and Religions. The event was hosted by the Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue & the Duquesne University Interfaith Student Organization. My talk explored the question of whiteness, religiosity, and racism. March 18, 2021. 

Keynote Speaker, and second presenter, of the launch at Humboldt State University's Presidential Speaker Series. Entitled talk: "Between Pessimism and Optimism: White Crisis."  March 10, 2021. 

Keynote Speaker (and in conversation with Gail Lewis). Talk entitled, "A Letter of Love: An Encounter with White Backlash." Conference theme: Building the Anti-Racist Classroom. Sponsored by BARC and The Center for Research on Equality and Diversity (CRED) at Queen Mary University of London. October 25, 2019.

Keynote Speaker at Villanova University's 21st International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum. Theme: Race and Justice in America. Talk entitled, "White Backlash: White Innocence?" October 11, 2019.

Keynote Speaker at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, France. Conference on whiteness. Talk entitled, "The End of White Innocence." October 4, 2019.

Keynote Speaker at the University of Pennsylvania. Talk Title: "A Letter of Love and White Backlash." The event was sponsored by The Slought Foundation, The School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, The Alice Paul Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, and Penn's New Student Orientation initiative. April 18, 2019.

Keynote Speaker at Clemson University's Embodiment and Race Conference. Talk Title: "Whiteness, Racism, and Bodily 'Edges.'" April 12, 2019.

Keynote Speaker for the 24th Annual Meeting of the North American Sartre Society. Theme of conference: Existentialism and Resistance. Talk title: "No Exist and the End of White Innocence," October 27, 2018.

Keynote Speaker for LaGuardia Community College's 8th CUNY Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, April 20, 2018.

Keynote Speaker for "HBCUs and Philosophy IV Conference: Philosophy, Race, and Resistance" held at Morgan State University. Talk entitled, "A Letter of Love: An Encounter with White Backlash." April 7, 2018.

Keynote Speaker for "A Day for Learning and Speaking Out: Resistance, Protest, and Civil Disobedience" held at Duquesne University. Talked entitled, "My Letter to White America: The Toll of Resistance." March 21, 2018.

Keynote Speaker for "A Night of Philosophy & Ideas." Co-presented by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Talk entitled, "The Practice of Philosophy in an Age of Moral Crisis." January 27, 2018. View on YouTube.

Keynote Speaker at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. Conference entitled, What Should White Culture Do? Title of Talk: "Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Breakdown of Whiteness." November 11, 2017. View on YouTube.

Keynote Speaker for the Inaugural Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture at Walla Walla University, April 20, 2017.

Keynote Speaker for Speaking the Unspeakable: A Conversation on Colorblindness, Racism, and Antiracism at Arizona State University. Talk entitled: "Removing the Mask of Whiteness." February 17, 2017.

Keynote Speaker of the MLK Convocation at Le Moyne College, January 26, 2017.

Keynote Speaker for the Annual MLK Community Service Award, Emory University, January 19, 2017.

Keynote Speaker for the Southern Illinois University, Edwardville's 11th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Talk entitled: "Dear White America." October 21, 2016.

Keynote Speaker for The Joyce Mitchell Cook Conference. Yale University. Talk entitled: "Joyce Mitchell Cook: Autobiographical and Philosophical Fragments." December 4, 2015.

Keynote speaker for The California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race. University of Dayton. Talk entitled, "Bodies that can't Breathe: How does it Feel to be a Problem?" October 24, 2015.

Keynote speaker for the English Graduate Organization's Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. Talk entitled, "Whiteness and the Ontological Inequality of the Black Body." Indiana University of Pennsylvania, March, 2014.

Keynote speaker for the Society of Adventist Philosophers. "Speaking from Behind the Veil: Whiteness as Anti-Theological." The conference theme was Essentialism: Adventism and Questions of Race and Gender. November, 21, 2013.

Keynote speaker for the Philosophy Department at Villanova University. "Theorizing Racial Embodiment Within Everyday Spaces," Villanova University, September 20, 2013.

Keynote Speaker ("Racism as an Obstacle to Unity") for the Annual OMA Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit, April 12, 2013.

Keynote speaker for the Kent State University May 4th Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, Twentieth Anniversary. Paper entitled: "How it Feels to be a Racial Problem." Kent State University, March 16, 2013.

Keynote speaker for the Inaugural Frederick Douglass Philosophy Conference. Paper entitled: "Coming Lithe into the World and Being a Black Philosopher." West Chester University, October, 26, 2012.

Keynote speaker for the Iowa Philosophical Society Conference. Paper entitled: "White Gazes: The Gift and Problem of Seeing Differently." Drake University, October 20, 2012.

Keynote speaker for Philosopher Bill Bywater's retirement at Allegheny College, "Courageous Listening and the Importance of a White Ally," April 20, 2012.

Keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration. Paper entitled: -Educational Leadership and the Color-Line,' November 18, 2011.

Keynote speaker at the North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy held at Saint Francis University. Theme of conference: -Race in America.' March 25, 2011.

Keynote address (-King on Radical Love-) for -An Evening of Prayer, Song, and Inspiration in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.' at Duquesne University, January 21, 2008.

Selected Publications

Philosophy of Race Book Series Editor at Lexington Books

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Authored, Edited, and Co-edited Books

  • Breaking the Silence: What Happens When Men Talk Honestly about Their Sexism. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (2022).
  • Black Men from Behind the Veil: Ontological Interrogations. Edited with Introduction by George Yancy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).  
  • Across Black Spaces: Essays and Interviews by an American Philosopher. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (2020).
  • Educating for Critical Consciousness. Edited with Introduction by George Yancy. New York: Routledge (2019).
  • Buddhism and Whiteness: Critical Perspectives. Co-edited and co-authored Introduction with Emily McRae. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2019).
  • Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).
  • On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2017) 
  • Second edition of authored book, Black Bodies, White Gazes, The Continuing Significance of Race in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).
  • Coedited book, Our Black Sons Matter: Mother's Talk About Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) (This book was a STARRED Review and was included in the Booklist Top 10 List of the Best Diverse Nonfiction Titles in 2017).
  • White Self-Criticality beyond Anti-Racism: How Does It Feel to Be a White Problem? Edited with introduction by George Yancy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2015).
  • Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms: Scholars of Color Reflect (Critical Social Thought Series). Co-edited with Maria Del Guadalupe Davidson. Introduction by George Yancy; Afterword by Maria Del Guadalupe Davidson. New York: Routledge (2014). 
  • Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics. Co-edited and co-authored Introduction with Janine Jones and additional submission of chapter. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2013). The first paperback edition of this book was published in 2014 along with a New Preface Written by the Editors.
  • Look, A White! Philosophical Essays on Whiteness. (Foreword by Naomi Zack) Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press (2012).
  • Christology and Whiteness: What Would Jesus Do? Edited with Introduction by George Yancy. New York: Routledge (2012).
  • Reframing the Practice of Philosophy: Bodies of Color, Bodies of Knowledge. Edited with Introduction and chapter by George Yancy. SUNY Press (2012).
  • Therapeutic Uses of Rap and Hip-Hop. Co-edited and co-authored Introduction with Susan Hadley. New York: Routledge (2011).
  • The Center Must Not Hold: White Women Philosophers on the Whiteness of Philosophy. (Foreword by Sandra Harding) Edited with Introduction by George Yancy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2010). The first paperback edition of this book was published in 2011. 
  • Critical Perspectives on bell hooks (Critical Social Thought Series). Co-edited with Maria Del Guadalupe Davidson.  Co-authored Introduction and additional submission of chapter. New York: Routledge (2009).
  • Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race. (Foreword by Linda Alcoff) Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (2008). (Received Honorable Mention from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights)
  • Philosophy in Multiple Voices. Edited with Introduction by George Yancy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (2007). (Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Award for 2009).
  • Narrative Identities: Psychologists Engaged in Self-Construction. Co-edited with Susan Hadley. Preface by Yancy and Hadley. London: Jessica Kingsley Press (2005).
  • White on White/Black on Black. (Foreword by Cornel West) Edited with Introduction and chapter by George Yancy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (2005). (Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Award for 2005).
  • What White Looks Like: African American Philosophers on the Whiteness Question. Edited with Introduction and chapter by George Yancy. New York: Routledge (2004).
  • The Philosophical I: Personal Reflections on Life in Philosophy. Edited with Introduction and chapter by George Yancy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (2002).
  • Cornel West: A Critical Reader. (Afterword by Cornel West) Edited with Introduction and chapter by George Yancy. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers (2001).
  • African-American Philosophers: 17 Conversations. Edited with Introduction, and all interviews conducted by George Yancy. New York: Routledge, 1998. (Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Award for 1999).

 

The New York Times (The Stone) and Truthout articles and interviews

Yancy, G. "No, Black People Can't be 'Racist,'" October 20, 2021. 

Yancy, G. (With Mark L. Taylor). "Christianity IS Empty If It Doesn't Address the Racist Carceral State," September 26, 2021.   

Yancy, G.  (With Brian Burkhart). "US Founders Demonized Indigenous People While Coopting Their Political Practices," August 15, 2021.

Yancy, G. (with Akwugo Emejulu). "Black Feminist 'Back Talk' Anchors Resistance on Both Sides of the Atlantic." July 17, 2021.

Yancy, G. (With Kelly Brown Douglas). "Black Womanist Theology Offers Hope in the Face of White Supremacy." June 19, 2021. 

Yancy, G. (With Robin D. G. Kelley). "Robin D. G. Kelley: The Tulsa Race Massacre Went Way Beyond 'Black Wall Street.'" June 1, 2021. 

Yancy, G. (With David Roediger). "It's Time for 'Whiteness as Usual' to End: How do we overcome the death wish of white supremacy?" May 23, 2021.   

Yancy, G. (With Noam Chomsky). "Chomsky: Big Pharma Cares More About Profiting From COVID Than Human Survival," May 10, 2021.

Yancy, G. (With Noam Chomsky). "Chomsky: Protests Unleashed by Murder of George Floyd Exceed All in US History," May 7, 2021. 

Yancy, G. "Being 'Anti-Racist' Isn't Enough. The Violence of Whiteness Itself Must Be Exposed," April 5, 2021. 

Yancy, G. (With Chelsea Watego). "'I Can't Breathe' Is a Cry Well Known to Black Indigenous People in Australia," March 24, 2021. 

Yancy, G. (With Susannah Heschel). "White Supremacist Christianity Drives Trump's Loyal Mob.  We Must Scream It Down," March 12, 2021. 

Yancy, G.  (With Cornel West). "Cornel West: The Whiteness of Harvard and Wall Street IS 'Jim Crow, New Style,'" March 5, 2021.

Yancy, G. (With Elizabeth Pryor). "White Journalists' Use of the N-Word IS an Intolerable Assault on Black Freedom," February 27, 2021.  

Yancy, G. (With Jacob Kehinde Olupona). "Death Has Many Names," February 14, 2021.

Yancy, G. (With Peniel E. Joseph). "The Capitol Siege Was White Supremacy in Action. Trial Evidence Confirms that," February 13, 2021.   

Yancy. G. (with Pedro A. Noguera). "Education Will Be Critical in the Fight for Democracy and Anti-Racism," February 5, 2021. 

Yancy. G. (with Joy James). "Reaching Beyond 'Black Faces in High Places' : An Interview with Joy James," February 1, 2021. 

Yancy. G. "Let's Not Lose Ourselves in Euphoria Over Trump's Exit. Anti-Blackness Persists," January 25, 2021. 

Yancy. G. (with David Kyuman Kim). "We Have to Let White Supremacy Die in Order to Truly Live," January 17, 2021. 

Yancy. G. (with Eric Foner). "Capitol Mob Reveals Ongoing Refusal to Accept Black Votes as Legitimate,” January 12, 2021. 

Yancy. G. (with Che Gossett), "Black Trans Feminist Thought Can Set Us Free," December 9, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Leor Halevi). "Of Death and Consequences," December 8, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Mari Matsuda). "Trump Is Attacking Critical Race Theory Because it is a Force for Liberation," November 18, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Eduardo Mendieta). "Trump's Lying About COVD Amounts to Treason," November 1, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting). "Founded on Inequality, Can the US Ever Be Truly Democratic and Inclusive?" October 31, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Todd May). "How Should an Atheist Think About Death?," October 20, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Brook Ziporyn). "How to Die (Without Trying)," September 16, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Pankaj Jain). "Don't Fear Dying. Fear Violence," July 29, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Woojin Lim). "George Yancy: To Be Black in the US is to Have a Knee Against Your Neck Each Day," July 18, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Joe Feagin). "Confronting Prejudice Isn't Enough. We Must Eradicate the White Racial Frame," June 30, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Todd May). "Policing Is Doing What It Was Meant To Do. That's the Problem," June 21, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Noam Chomsky). "Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a 'Viva Death!' Approach to the Presidency," June 5, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Karen Teel). "I believe that I Would See Her Again," May 20, 2020. 

Yancy. G. "Ahmaud Arbery and the Ghosts of Lynchings Past," May 12, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Judith Butler). "Judith Butler: Mourning Is a Political Act Amid the Pandemic and Its Disparities," April 30, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Moulie Vidas). "What Judaism Teaches Us About the Fear of Death," March 26, 2020. 

Yancy. G. (with Geshe Dadul Namgyal). "How Does a Buddhist Monk Face Death?", February 26, 2020. 

Yancy, G. "Facing the Fact of My Death," February 3, 2020.

Yancy, G. "Dear God, Are You There?", August 7, 2019.

Yancy, G. (with Judith Butler). "When Killing Women Isn't a Crime," July 10, 2019.

Yancy, G. (with Cornel West). "Power Is Everywhere, but Love Is Supreme," May 29, 2019.

Yancy, G. "Why White People Need Blackface," March 4, 2019.

Yancy, G. "#IAm Sexist," October 24, 2018.

Yancy, G. (with Anita L. Allen). "The Pain and Promise of Black Women in Philosophy", June 18, 2018.

Yancy, G. "Should I Give Up on White People?", April 16, 2018.

Yancy, G. (with Drucilla Cornell) "James Bond is a Wimp", February 26, 2018.

Yancy, G. "Will America Choose King's Dream or Trump's Nightmare?", January 15, 2018.

Yancy, G. (with David Kyuman Kim). "An Open Letter of Love to Kim Jong-un", November 13, 2017.

Yancy, G. (with Noam Chomsky) "On Trump and the State Of the Union", July 5, 2017.

Yancy, G."Is Your God Dead?", June 19, 2017.

Yancy, G. "It's Black History Month. Look in the Mirror", February 9, 2017.

Yancy, G."I am a Dangerous Professor", November 30, 2016

Yancy, G. (with Brad Evans) "The Perils of being a Black Philosopher", April 18, 2016.

Yancy, G. "Dear White America", December 24, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with bell hooks) "Buddhism, the Beats and Loving Blackness", December 10, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with Seyla Benhabib) "Whom Does Philosophy Speak?", October 9, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with David Kim) "The Invisible Asian", October 8, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with Paul Gilroy) "What 'Black Lives' Means in Britain", October 1, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with Cornel West) "Cornel West: The Fire of a New Generation", August 19, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with Joe Feagin) "American Racism in the 'White Frame'", July 27, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with John D. Caputo) "Looking 'White' in the Face", July 2, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with Peter Singer) "Peter Singer: On Racism, Animal Rights and Human Rights", May 27, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with Molefi Kete Asante) "Molefi Kete Asante: Why Afrocentricity?", April 6, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with Anthony Appiah). "Kwame Anthony Appiah: The Complexities of Black Folk", April 16, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with Emily Lee) "Asian, American, Woman, Philosopher", April 6, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with Noam Chomsky) "Noam Chomsky on the Roots of American Racism", March 18, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with Falguni A. Sheth). "How Liberalism and Racism are Wed", February 27, 2015.

Yancy, G. (With Linda Alcoff), "Philosophy's Lost Body and Soul", February 4, 2015.

Yancy, G. (With Judith Butler). "What's Wrong With 'All Lives Matter?'", January 12, 2015.

Yancy, G. (with Joy James). "Black Lives: Between Grief and Action", December 22, 2014.

Yancy, G. (with Shannon Sullivan). "White Anxiety and the Futility of Black Hope", December 5, 2014.

Yancy, G. (with Charles Mills). "Lost in Rawlsland"), November 16, 2014.

Yancy, G. (with Naomi Zack). "What ‘White Privilege' really means", November 5, 2014.

Yancy, G. "Walking While Black in the White Gaze'", September 1, 2013.

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