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John E. Drabinski, Charles Hamilton Houston 1915 Professor

Department of Black Studies / Amherst College / Amherst, MA  01002


  • University of Memphis – Ph.D (1996), M.A. (1993)
  • Seattle University – A.B. (1991)



‘So Unimaginable a Price’: Baldwin and the Black Atlantic (in progress)

What is the Afro-Postmodern? (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, under consideration)

Glissant and the Middle Passage: Philosophy, Beginning, Abyss (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019)

Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011)

Godard Between Identity and Difference (New York: Continuum, 2008)

Sensibility and Singularity (Albany: SUNY Press, 2001).


Jean Bernabé, Patrick Chamoiseau, & Raphael Confiant, In Praise of Creoleness (under contract with SUNY press). Translation and critical introduction.

(w/Marisa Parham) Theorizing Glissant: Sites and Citations (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).

(w/ Eric S. Nelson) Between Levinas and Heidegger (Albany: SUNY Press, 2014).

Levinas Studies: An Annual Review (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2012). Special issue on Levinas, Race, and Racism.


(w/Grant Farred) New Centennial Review 16.3 (2016). Dossier on James Baldwin.

(w/Grant Farred) Critical Philosophy of Race 3, no. 2 (2015). Special forum on Baldwin and Philosophy.

(w/ Marisa Parham) C.L.R. James Journal 18, no. 1 (2013). Special issue on Glissant and Philosophy.

Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy XIX, no. 1 (2011). Special forum on Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth.

Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy XVIII, no. 2 (2010). Special issue on Godard and Philosophy.


“The Poetics of Beautiful Blackness: On Baldwin and Négritude” James Baldwin in Context, ed. Quentin Miller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, scheduled for 2019)

“Decolonizing the West, Decolonizing Whiteness,” Decolonial Thought and American Philosophy, ed. Corey McCall (Albany: SUNY Press, contracted for 2019)

“Race, Alterity, Dialectics,”Horizons of the Other in Contemporary Philosophy, ed. Chantal Bax (Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, contracted for 2019)

“Baldwin, Nihilism, and Democratic Thinking”African-American Political Thought: A Collected History, ed. Melvin Rogers and Jack Turner (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, contracted for 2019)

“Sites of Relation and tout-monde: Reflections on Glissant’s Late Work,”Angelaki (contracted for early 2019)

“Reproduction and the Universal in Glissant’s Later Work,”New Centennial Review 18.3 (contracted 2018)

“On Derrida the Kind of African: Deconstruction as Diaspora,”Derrida and the Question of Africa, ed. Grant Farred (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, scheduled 2018)

“Anxieties of Influence in the Black Atlantic,” The Global South, ed. Russell West-Pavlov (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

“Incarnate Historiography and the Politics of Our Faces,” Phenomenology and the Political, eds. West Gurley and Geoffrey Pfeifer (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)

“Césaire’s Apocalyptic Word,” South Atlantic Quarterly, 115.3 (2016)

“Baldwin’s Three Africans,” New Centennial Review 16.3 (2016).

“Orality and the Slave Sublime,” in Hanétha Vété-Congolo, ed, The Caribbean Oral Tradition: Literature, Performance, Practice (New York: Palgrave, forthcoming 2016)

“Memory and the Incarnate Historiography of the Political,” in West Gurley and Geoffrey Pfeifer, eds, Phenomenology and the Political (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming 2016)

“Senghor’s Anxiety of Influence,” Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, forthcoming 2016.

The Private Life of Resistance,” James Baldwin Review 1, no. 1 (2015): 218-221.

Vernaculars of Home,” Critical Philosophy of Race 3, no. 2 (2015): 203-226.

“Levinas as Traveling Theory,” in Charlotte Bydler and Cecelia Sjöholm (eds.), Relating Art: Between Regionality and Mondiality (Södertörn: Södertörn University Press, 2014)

Fanon’s Two Memories,” South Atlantic Quarterly 112:1 (2013)

“Elsewhere of Home,” in Drabinski and Nelson (eds.), Between Levinas and Heidegger (Albany: SUNY Press, 2014). Also, introduction to the volume.

Vernacular Solidarity: On Gilroy and Levinas,” in Drabinski (ed.), Levinas Studies: An Annual. Special volume on ‘Levinas, Race, and Racism’ (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2012). Also, extended introduction to the volume entitled “Levinas, Race, and Racism.”

“Aesthetics and the Abyss: Between Césaire and Lamming,” C.L.R. James Journal 18, no. 1 (2014). Also, extended introduction to the volume entitled “Theorizing Glissant, Creolizing Philosophy.”

Reconciliation and Founding Wounds,” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights 4:1 (2013)

Interview with Salomon Lerner,” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights 4:1 (2013)

Poetics of the Mangrove,” in Saldana and Adams (eds.), Deleuze and Race (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013)

Review Essay: Donna V. Jones, The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy,” Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy XIX, no. 2 (2011): 180-188

Future Interval: On Levinas and Glissant,” in Davidson and Perpich (eds.), Totality and Infinity at 50 (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2011), 146-164.

Shorelines,” Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy XIX, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 1-10.

“Philosophy as a Kind of Cinema,” Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy XVIII, no. 2 (Fall 2010): 1-11.

Beginning’s Abyss,” in Stauffer and Bergo (eds.), After the Death of a Certain God: On Nietzsche and Levinas (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009)

The Everyday Miracle of the Occasional Community,” in Gimbel (ed.), Philosophy and Popular Culture XXVIII (Chicago: Open Court, 2007)

Wealth and Justice in a U-topian Context,” in Antje Kapust, Eric S. Nelson, and Kent Still (eds.), Addressing Levinas (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2005)

The Problem of Sinngebung in Levinas and Marion,” in Claire Katz (ed.), Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments, Volume Two (New York: Routledge, 2005). Reprint.

The Possibility of an Ethical Politics: From Peace to Liturgy,” in Claire Katz (ed.), Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments, Volume Four (New York: Routledge, 2005). Reprint.

What is Trauma to the Future? On Glissant’s Poetics,” Qui Parle 18.2 (2010): 31-47.

“Who are his poor? Reading Levinas with Rancière,” International Studies in Philosophy xxx (2009): 31-47.

Separation, Difference, and Time in Godard’s Ici et ailleurs,” SubStance 115, vol. 37, no. 1 (2008): 148-158.

Reconsidering Adorno,” Klesis: Revue Phenomenologique (Avril 2008): 105-116.

Subjectivity and the Problem of Political Debt,” Levinas Studies: An Annual Review (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2008)

The Enigma of the Cartesian Infinite,” Studia Phaenomenologica VI (2006): 210-226.

“From Representation to Materiality,” International Studies in Philosophy XXX, vol. 4 (1998): 23-38.

“Experience as Flesh: On Merleau-Ponty and James,” Phenomenological Inquiry 21 (1998): 137-155.

“The Hither-Side of the Living-Present in Levinas and Husserl,” Phenomenology and Beyond, eds. Lenore Langsdorf and John Caputo. Special Issue of Philosophy Today, (Supplement 1996): 142-150.

“The Status of the Transcendental in Levinas’ Thought,” Philosophy Today 38, no. 3 (1994): 123-136.

“Radical Empiricism and Phenomenology: Philosophy and the Pure Stuff of Experience,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 7, no. 3 (1993): 226-242.

“Husserl’s Critique of Empiricism and the Phenomenological Account of Reflection,” Southwestern Philosophy Review 9, no. 1 (January 1993): 91-104.

“Between Representation and Being,” Skepteon 1, no. 1 (1993): 57-72.


Review Essay: Donna V. Jones, The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy,”Journal of French and Francophone PhilosophyXIX, no. 2 (Fall 2011): 180-188.

“Alfred Schutz: Bibliography of Secondary Sources,” Alfred Schutz’s Theory of Social Science, ed. Lester Embree. (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, 2000.)

Review Essay: Richard A. Cohen, Elevations: Height of the Good in Rosenzweig and Levinas,” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 16, no. 1 (Fall 1997): 157-160.

“Review Essay: Kathleen Haney, Intersubjectivity Revisited: Phenomenology and the Other,” Husserl Studies 12, no. 1 (1995): 81-91.

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