Research Interests

  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy and Film
  • Philosophy and Critical Race Theory


  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 1995

Select Publications


  • Race, Philosophy, and Film, co-edited with Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo (London and New York: Routledge, 2013).
  • Philosophy, Black Film, Film Noir (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008).

Journal Articles

  • “Racialized Disgust and Embodied Cognition in Film,” Projections: the Journal of Movies and Mind 10:2 (forthcoming, Winter 2016).
  • “Race, Indian Philosophy, and the Historiography of Western Philosophy,” APA Newsletter: Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies 14:2 (Spring 2015), 22-7.
  •  “Imaginative Resistance, Racialized Disgust, and 12 Years A Slave,” Film and Philosophy 19 (2015), 75-95.
  •  “Race and Imaginative Resistance in James Cameron’s Avatar,” Projections: the Journal of Movies and Mind 7:2 (Winter 2013), 41-63.
  • “Response to My Critics,” Film and Philosophy 16 (2012), 162-179.

Book Chapters

  • “Imaginative Resistance and the White Gaze in Machete and The Help,” in Race, Philosophy, and Film, eds. Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo and Dan Flory (London and New York: Routledge, 2013), 17-34.
  •  “Ethnicity, Race, and Film Noir,” in The Blackwell Companion to Film Noir, eds. Andrew Spicer and Helen Hanson (London and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2013), 387-404.
  • Bamboozled: Philosophy through Blackface,” in The Philosophy of Spike Lee, ed. Mark Conard (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2011), 164-183.
  • “Evil, Mood, and Reflection in the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men,” in Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road, ed. Sara Spurgeon (London: Continuum, 2011), 117-134.