Directors & Staff

Undergraduate Director

Nelson Maldonado-Torresmadonadotorres

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Latino and Caribbean Studies
Director of the Undergraduate Program in Comparative Literature

Professor Maldonado-Torres works on decolonial thinking and critical theorizing, ethical and political theory, Africana and European continental philosophy, Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies, and comparative race and ethnic studies. His publications include the monograph Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (Duke UP, 2008), which develops an argument about the relevance of decolonial ethics and philosophy thorough the works of Emmanuel Levinas, Enrique Dussel, and Frantz Fanon. He has also served as guest editor of a special issue on Caribbean Philosophy for the Caribbean Studies journal and of two special issues on “Mapping the Decolonial Turn” for the online journal Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, among other edited works. He is currently working on two book manuscripts tentatively entitled “Fanonian Mediations” and “Theorizing the Decolonial Turn,” where he develops a theory of modernity/coloniality and decoloniality through an analysis of the coloniality of power, knowledge, and being.

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