George Yancy

Professor, Philosophy of Race Book Series Editor, Lexington Books

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, 2005
  • M.A, Africana Studies, New York University, 2004
  • M.A, Philosophy, Yale University, 1987
  • B.A , Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 1985 (Cum Laude)

Research

  • Critical Philosophy of Race (phenomenology of racial embodiment, social ontology of race) 
  • Critical Whiteness Studies (white subject formation, white racist ambush, white opacity and embeddedness, white complicity, white anti-racist praxis)  
  • African-American Philosophy and Philosophy of the Black Experience (resistance, Black identity formation, meta-philosophical questions regarding the nature of philosophy and racial identity, Black narrative identities, Black social ontology, Black existential struggle, and Black standpoint epistemology in relation to the nature of African American philosophy)


Edited Journal Volumes

  • Guest Editor, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 37, No. 2, Summer 2013, special issue 
    on exploring the Hip Hop Vision of James G. Spady 
  • Guest Editor, The Black Scholar, Vol. 43, No. 4, Winter 2013, a special issue 
    on the role of Black philosophy. 
  • Guest Editor, Knowledge Cultures, Vol. 3 (1), 2015, special issue on the theme of racial embodiment. 


Selected Articles


Selected Book Chapters

  • Yancy, G. "White Embodied Gazing, the Black Body as Disgust, and the Aesthetics of Un-Suturing" in Body Aesthetics, edited by Sherri Irvin (Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • Yancy, G. "Whiteness As Insidious: On the Embedded and Opaque White Racist Self" in I Don't See Color: Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege, edited by Bettina Bergo and Tracey Nicholls (State College, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015).
  • Yancy, G. "When Heaven and Earth are Shaken to Their Foundations" in Unveiling Whiteness in the 21st Century: Global manifestations, Transdisciplinary Interventions, edited by Veronica Watson, Deirdre Howard-Wagner, and Lisa Spanierman (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014).
  • Yancy, G. "Introduction: Un-Sutured," in 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 (Late 2014).
  • Yancy, G. New Preface (with Janine Jones) in the paperback edition of Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics, edited by George Yancy and Janine Jones (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014).
  • Yancy, G. "Introduction: White Crisis and the Value of Losing One's Way," in 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).
  • Yancy, G. "White Gazes: What it Feels Like to be an Essence" in Living Alterities: Phenomenology, Embodiment and Race, edited by Emily Lee (New York: SUNY Press, 2014).
  • Yancy, G. "Now, Imagine She's White":  The Gift of the Black Gaze and the Re-inscription of Whiteness as Normative in A Time to Kill" in Race, Philosophy, and Film, edited by Dan Flory and Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo (London and New York: Routledge, 2013)
  • Yancy, G. "Trayvon Martin: When Effortless Grace is Sacrificed on the Altar of the Image" in Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics, edited by George Yancy and Janine Jones (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013).
  • Yancy, G. "Introduction" (with Janine Jones) in Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics, edited by George Yancy and Janine Jones (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013).

Current Work

  • Currently working on an edited book, tentatively entitled Philosophers on Race (under contract with Oxford University Press, projected for 2016 Pub date).
  • Currently completing edited book tentatively entitled,Black and Male: Critical Voices from Behind the Racial Veil.  (toward the middle of project).
  • Writing authored book, tentatively entitled White Un-Suturing (middle stage of completion).   


 
Fellowships and Honors

  • 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.
  • 2012 NEH Award through the McAnulty College 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.
  • 2009 Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award
  • 2008 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.
  • 2006 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
  • 2005 Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award
  • 2004 Duquesne University Dissertation Writing Fellowship
  • 2003 Distinguished Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, New York University
  • 2000 Award for Excellence in Scholarship by a Graduate Student, Duquesne University
  • 1999 Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award
  • 1999-2003 First graduate student to receive the distinguished McAnulty Fellowship in 
    the Department of Philosophy, Duquesne University
  • 1987-1990 Yale University Fellowship

 

Authored, Edited, and Co-edited Books

  • Second edition of authored book, Black Bodies, White Gazes, The Continuing Significance of Race in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).
  • Coedited book, Our Black Sons Matter: Mother's Talk About Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).
  • 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).

 

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