Curriculum Vitae

DOUGLAS FICEK

Contact:

     University of New Haven     
     300 Boston Post Rd.     
     West Haven, CT 06516     
     Office: 203-932-1177     
     Email:
DFicek@newhaven.edu

Areas of Specialization:

     Philosophy of Race
     Africana Philosophy
     Philosophy of Existence
     Social and Political Philosophy

Areas of Competence:

     Feminist Theory
     Philosophy of Law
     Philosophy of Religion
     Theoretical and Applied Ethics

Education:

     Ph.D. in Philosophy, Temple University, August 2013
     Dissertation: “Man Is a Yes: Fanon, Liberation, and the Playful Politics of Philosophical Archaeology”
     Committee: Lewis R. Gordon (advisor), Jane Anna Gordon, Owen Ware, and Linda Martín Alcoff (external reader)

     M.A. in African-American Studies, Columbia University, May 2003
     Thesis: “C.L.R. James and Religion”
     Advisor: Manning Marable

     B.A. in Philosophy, Iowa State University, December 2000
     Minors: African-American Studies, English, and Latin

Academic Employment:

     Visiting Assistant Professor, University of New Haven, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Fall 2014-Present

     Adjunct Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, Newark, Spring 2010 and Fall 2011

     Adjunct Instructor, School of New Resources, The College of New Rochelle, Fall 2009 and Spring 2010

     Substitute Instructor (full-time), Department of Art, Music, and Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Fall
     2007-Summer 2009

     Graduate Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Temple University, Fall 2005-Spring 2008

     Adjunct Instructor, Center for Ethnic Studies, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Spring 2004 and Fall 2010-
     Present

     Adjunct Instructor, Department of Art, Music, and Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Spring 2004-Summer
     2007 and Fall 2009-Present

     Adjunct Instructor, Experiential, Theoretical, and Cultural Studies Department, Boricua College, Fall 2003 and Spring
     2004

     Adjunct Instructor, Humanities Department, LaGuardia Community College, Fall 2003 and Spring 2004

     Adjunct Instructor, School of Career and Applied Sciences, Touro College, Spring 2003 and Fall 2003

Publications:

     “Review of Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity: When We Should Not Get Along by Jason D. Hill,” in Notre 
     Dame Philosophical Reviews
(February 2014)

     “Reflections on Fanon and Petrification,” in Living Fanon: Global Perspectives, ed. Nigel C. Gibson (New York: Palgrave
     Macmillan, 2011)

     “On Familial and Socio-Political Possibilities,” review essay on Family Matters: Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy
     of Culture
by Nkiru Uwechia Nzegwu, in Philosophy & Social Criticism, Volume 37, Number 8 (October 2011)

     “Candide’s Legacy,” in The Onion and Philosophy, ed. Sharon M. Kaye (Chicago: Open Court, 2011)

     “Distinction without Difference,” review essay on The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender
     Discourses
by Oyèrónké Oyewùmí, in Philosophy & Social Criticism, Volume 32, Number 4 (June 2006)

     “Rawls, Race, and Reparations,” in Radical Philosophy Review, Volume 5, Numbers 1 and 2 (Fall 2003)

     “Humanism: African-American Liberation (A)theology,” in Free Inquiry, Volume 21, Number 4 (Fall 2001)

     “College Students Talk Politics: Revisited,” in Kettering Exchange (Fall 2000)

Presentations:

     "Privileging Ethics: A Fanonian Critique," Georgia College and State University, 12/2013

     "Freire and Fanon: From Philosophical Anthropology to Decolonial Liberation," Shifitng the Geography of Reason X:    
     Exploring Decoloniality at the Dawn of Our Second Decade, The 10th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Philosophical
     Association, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe, 11/2013

     “Themes in Existentialism,” The ICJE Summer Seminar in Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York,
     NY, 7/2013

     “Petrification and Philosophical Archaeology: Some Reflections on Fanonian Liberation,” Shifting the Geography of
     Reason IX: Racial Capitalism and the Creole Discourses of Native-, Indo-, Afro-,
and Euro-Caribbeans, The 9th Annual
     Meeting of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, The
 University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, 7/2012

     “The Pitfalls of Petrification: Fanon and the Politics of Philosophical Archaeology," Philosophy Born of Struggle XVI:
     Race, Religion, and Social Transformation
, Fayetteville State University, 10/2009

     “Rejecting Theodicy: From Candide to The Onion," The 3rd Annual Conference of the Lighthearted Philosophers Society,
     10/2009

     “The Pitfalls of Petrification: Fanon and the Politics of Philosophical Archaeology," Shifting the Geography of Reason VI:
     Migrations and Diasporas
, The 6th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean 
Philosophical Association, University of Miami,
     8/2009

     “Phenomenology and Philosophy of Liberation: Latin American and Africana,” The 7th Annual Meeting of the
     Phenomenology Roundtable, Marquette University, 6/2007

     “Reparations in an Africana Philosophy of Liberation,” Shifting the Geography of Reason III: Aesthetics, Science, and    
     Language
, The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, Concordia University, 8/2006

     “Outing Frankfurt: An Existential Phenomenology of Bullshit,” The 6th Annual Meeting of the Phenomenology
     Roundtable, Temple University, 6/2006

     “Reparations in an Africana Philosophy of Liberation,” Works in Progress Series, Department of Philosophy, Temple
     University, 11/2005

     “Reparations in an Africana Philosophy of Liberation,” Philosophy Born of Struggle 2005: Philosophy of Liberation, The
     New School, 10/2005

     “The Humanism of Africana Philosophy," Shifting the Geography of Reason II: Gender, Religion, and Science, The 2nd
     Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe,
     6/2005

     “Theodicean Sadomasochism,” The 5th Annual Meeting of the Phenomenology Roundtable, DePaul University, 5/2005

     “The Humanism of Africana Philosophy,” Works in Progress Series, Department of Philosophy, Temple University, 1/2005

     “C.L.R. James and Religion,” Conversations, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University,
     5/2003

     “Reparations and the Two Veils,” Forty Acres and a Mule: The Case for Black Reparations, Columbia University, 11/2002

     “Multicultural Learning Communities,” with J. Herman Blake and Douglas Gruenewald, The 82nd Annual Meeting of the
     National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Indiana 
University, 3/2000

Professional Activities:

     Co-Translator, with Rosario Torres-Guevara, “«Quand je suis lá, elle n’y est pas»: Sobre el razonamiento en negro y la
     inequietud del colapso en la filosofía y las ciencias humanas”
by Lewis R. Gordon, in CS: dinàmicas regionales y sociales,
     numero 7 (Junio 2011)

     Organizer, The 8th Annual Phenomenology Roundtable, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 5/2008

     Moderator, “Theorizing Immigration and Diaspora,” Shifting the Geography of Reason III: Aesthetics, Science, and
     Language
, The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, Concordia University, 8/2006

     Co-Organizer, with Joan Jasak, The Sixth Annual Phenomenology Roundtable, Temple University, 6/2006

     Moderator, “Black Heretics, Black Prophets by Anthony Bogues,” Shifting the Geography of Reason II: Gender, Religion,
     and Science
, The 2nd Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de
     Puerto Rico y el Caribe, 6/2005

Awards and Honors:

     Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought, Temple University, 2004-2013

     Fellow, The C.L.R. James Institute, 2003

     Socrates Scholarship, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Iowa State University, 1998

Professional Memberships:

     American Philosophical Association

     Caribbean Philosophical Association

     Radical Philosophy Association

     Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

Courses Taught:

     The African-American Experience, Touro College (1 section)

     Africana Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (3 sections)

     The Big Questions, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1 section)

     Comparative Ethnic Studies, Borough of Manhattan Community College (1 section)

     Critical Thinking, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and LaGuardia Community College (2 sections)

     Death, Dying, and Society, John Jay College (4 sections)

     Ethical Foundations of the Just Society, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2 sections)

     Ethics and Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (at least 10 sections)

     Ethnic Groups in the U.S., Touro College (1 section)

     Introduction to Ethics, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1 section)

     Introduction to Logic, Temple University (1 section)

     Introduction to Philosophy, Boricua College and LaGuardia Community College (3 sections)

     Knowing, Being, and Doing: The Philosophical Method and Its Applications, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (at least
     42 sections)

     Modern Black Political Thought, Borough of Manhattan Community College (7 sections)

     Philosophical Challenges to the Individual, Temple University (1 section)

     Philosophical Issues of Rights, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1 section)

     Philosophical Visions of American Pluralism, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1 section)

     Philosophy and the African-American Experience, Temple University (3 sections)

     Philosophy and the Black Experience, Rutgers University, Newark (2 sections)

     Philosophy: East and West, Temple University (1 section)

Other Employment:

     Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, Temple University, Spring 2005
     Course: Philosophy and the African-American Experience (with Lewis R. Gordon)

     Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, Temple University, Fall 2004
     Course: Themes in Existentialism (with Lewis R. Gordon)

     Instructor, After-School Program, Asociación Tepeyac de Nueva York, Summer 2004
     Subjects: 5th and 6th Grade English and Math

     Instructor, Youth Action Programs and Homes, Inc., Youth Build USA, Spring 2004 
     Course: Pre-GED English Writing

     Research Assistant, Department of Philosophy, Temple University, 2004-2007
     Task: Reviewed scholarly articles (with Lewis R. Gordon and Carol Gould)

     Instructor, Adult and Continuing Education, City College of New York, Summer 2003
     Course: College-Prep English Writing

     Instructor, Educational Opportunity Center in Manhattan, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 2003-2004
     Course: Pre-GED English Writing

     Research Assistant, Africana Criminal Justice Project, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia
     University, Fall 2002
     Task: Prepared a bibliography of black prison writers (with Manning Marable)

     Research Assistant, Malcolm X Project, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University, 2001-
     2002
     Task: Wrote annotations for an online version of
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (with Manning Marable)

     Research Assistant, African-American Studies, Iowa State University, Summer 2001
     Task: Conducted interviews with professors on learning and study strategies (with J. Herman Blake)

     Teaching Assistant, African-American Studies, Iowa State University, Spring 2001
     Course: Introduction to African-American Studies (with J. Herman Blake)

     Robert G. Chollar Summer Research Assistant, Kettering Foundation, Summer 2000
     Task: Wrote an academic article on the political attitudes of college students

     Undergraduate Peer Mentor, Multicultural Learning Community Program, Iowa State University, 1999-2000
     Subjects: African-American Studies and Philosophy

     Grader/Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Iowa State University, 1998-2000
     Courses: Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to Ethics (with Errol Katayama, Heimir Geirsson, and Charles    
     Starkey)

     Tutor, Academic Success Center, Iowa State University, 1997-1999
     Subjects: English, Latin, and Philosophy

References:

     Lewis R. Gordon
     Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies
     Europhilosophy Chair at Toulouse University
     Nelson Mandela Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rhodes University
     University of Connecticut
     Storrs, CT 06269
     Main: 860-486-4416
     Fax: 860-486-0387
     Email: lewis.gordon@uconn.edu

     Jane Anna Gordon
     Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies
     University of Connecticut
     Storrs, CT 06269
     Main: 860-486-2440
     Fax: 860-486-3347
     Email: jane.gordon@uconn.edu

     Linda Martín Alcoff
     Professor of Philosophy
     Hunter College
     695 Park Ave.
     New York, NY 10065
     Main: 212-772-5081
     Fax: 212-650-3675
     Email: lmartina@hunter.cuny.edu

     John P. Pittman
     Associate Professor of Philosophy
     John Jay College of Criminal Justice
     524 West 59th St.
     New York, NY 10019
     Main: 212-237-8331
     Fax: 212-237-8333
     Email: jpittman@jjay.cuny.edu

     Catherine Kemp
     Associate Professor of Philosophy
     John Jay College of Criminal Justice
     524 West 59th St.
     New York, NY 10019
     Main: 212-237-8908
     Fax: 212-237-8333
     Email: ckemp@jjay.cuny.edu

© Douglas Ficek