Recent Research Activities - Prof. Lott


The Invention of Race: Black Culture and the Politics of Representation (Blackwell, 1999).

Editor, African-American Philosophy: Selected Readings (Prentice-Hall, 2002).

Co-editor with Robert Bernasconi, The Idea of Race (Hackett, 2000).

Co-editor with Julie K. Ward, Philosophers on Race: Critical Essays (Blackwell , 2002).

Co-editor with John Pittman, A Companion to African-American Philosophy (Blackwell, 2003).

Guest Editor

Special Issue: Race and Social Theory, Nineteenth-Century Contexts 22.2 (Spring 2000).


“African Retentions” in Tommy L. Lott and John P. Pittman, eds., A Companion to African-American Philosophy (Blackwell, 2003), 168-89.

“Alain Leroy Locke: African American Cultural Historian” in Chris Murray, ed., Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century (Routledge, 2002), pp. 192-99.

“Patriarchy and Slavery in Hobbes's Political Philosophy” in Julie K. Ward and Tommy L. Lott, eds., Philosophers on Race: Critical Essays (Blackwell, 2002), 63-80.

“The 1960s Avant-Garde Movement in Jazz” Social Identities 7.2 (Spring 2001): 165-177.

“Du Bois's Anthropological Notion of Race” in Robert Bernasconi, ed. Race (Blackwell, 2001), 59-83.

“Du Bois and Locke on the Scientific Study of the Negro” Special Issue, Sociology Hesitant: Thinking with Du Bois, boundary 2 27.3 (Fall 2000): 135-152.

“Kara Walker Speaks: A Public Conversation on Racism, Art, and Politics” in Black Renaissance Noire 3.1 (Fall 2000): 69-91.

"Documenting Social Issues: Black Journal 1968-70" in Janet Cutler and Phyllis R. Klotman, eds., Struggles for Representation: African American Documentary, Film and Video (Indiana University Press, 1999), 71-98.

Book Reviews

Paul Taylor, Race: A Philosophical Introduction (Polity Press, 2003) in Choice, (February, 2004).

Clarence Shole Johnson, Cornel West and Philosophy: The Quest for Social Justice (Routledge, 2003) in Choice 41.2 (October, 2003).

Ross Harrison, Hobbes, Locke, and Confusion's Masterpiece (Cambridge University Press, 2003) in Choice, 41.1 (September, 2003).

Robert E. Birt, ed., The Quest for Community and Identity: Critical Essays in Africana Social Philosophy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) in Choice 39 (Sept. 2002).

Andrew Levine, Engaging Political Philosophy: From Hobbes to Rawls (Blackwell, 2002) in Choice 39.10 (June 2002).

Jacob U. Gordon, Black Leadership For Social Change (Greenwood, 2000) in Choice 38.8 (April, 2001).

Phil Zuckerman, ed., Du Bois On Religion (AltaMira 2000) in Choice 38.10 (June, 2001).

Ivan Karp and D.A. Masolo, eds., African Philosophy As Cultural Inquiry (Indiana, 2000) in Choice 39.3 (November, 2001).

Paget Henry, Caliban's Reason (Routledge 2000) in Choice 38.4 (December, 2000).

20th World Congress of Philosophy: Paideia Project On-line. in Choice 37 Supplement (2000).

Charles W. Mills, Blackness Visible: Essays On Philosophy and Race (Cornell 1998) in Choice 36.10 (June, 1999).

P. H. Coetzee and A. P. J. Roux, eds., The African Philosophy Reader (Routledge, 1998) in Choice 37.1 (September, 1999).

Samuel O. Imbo, An Introduction To African Philosophy (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998) in Choice 36.6 (February, 1999).

In Progress

“The Influence of Spencer's Social Darwinism on Du Bois's Concept of Race” in Penelope Deutscher's forthcoming anthology on evolutionary theory.

“Racial Pride and Panethnic Identity” in David Kim, ed., Passions and the Color Line.

By What Means Soever: Conquest and Voluntary Action in Hobbes's Political Theory.

Independent Black Cinema: Slow Fade to White.


“Cornel West and the Racial Mountain: Can Praxis and Scholarship be Balanced?” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Boston, MA, November 8, 2003.

“Cosmopolitan and Diaspora Identity in the Films of Manthia Diawara and Joe Brewster” Black American Cinema Re-considered: The Contemporary Scene, New York University, NY, November 7, 2003.

“How to Socially Construct a Black 'Model Minority'” Afro-Asian Politics: Converging Histories and Current Prospects, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, March 8, 2003.

“The Influence of Social Darwinism on Du Bois's Concept of Race” Kaplan Center for the Humanities Lecture Series, Gender, Evolution and the Transhuman, Northwestern University, Evanston, Il, March 3, 2003.

“Can racial identity be transcended?” Keynote Speaker, Symposium: The Ideology of Race, Department of Black Studies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2002.

“The Wrongness of Slavery” Conference: The Moral Legacy of Slavery: Repairing Injustice, Department of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, October 18, 2002.

“The Construction of Race: Fantasies about the Body” The American Dilemma Revisited: Psychoanalysis, Social Policy, and the Socio-Cultural Meaning of Race, New York University, NY, November 1, 2002.

“The Politics of Panethnic Identities” Department of Philosophy, Penn State University, University Park, PA, February 22, 2002.

“Latino Panethnic Identity” Passions of the Color Line Conference, University of San Francisco, March 3, 2001.

“Asian-American Panethnic Identity,” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 29, 2001.

“Alain Locke's Oxford Dissertation on Value,” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 31, 2001.

“The Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois Today,” The Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, Oakland, CA, July 22, 2001.

“Patriarchy and Slavery in Hobbes's Political Philosophy,” Rutgers University Summer Institute for Minority Undergraduates, New Brunswick, NJ, July 20, 2001.

“Patriarchy and Racism,” African American Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, October 9, 2000.

“The Philosophical Significance of the Writings of Hortense Spillers,” A “National Treasury of Rhetorical Wealth”: A Symposium on the Work of Hortense Spillers, Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture, University of Pennsylvania, January 28, 2000.

“Du Bois's Anthropological Notion of Race,” African-American Studies, University of California, Irvine, California, January 15, 2000.

Conversation with Kara Walker, Dialogue on Art Series, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, December 9, 1999.

“Alain Locke's Theory of African-American Culture,” Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, April 18, 1999.

“Moral Implications of the Distinction between Slavery and Servitude,” Conference: Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Washington, D. C., February 26, 1999.


Panel on Anna Julia Cooper, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Chicago, Il, April 23, 2004.

Panel on State Violence and Genocide, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, Pasadena, CA, March 27, 2004.

Panel on John Locke's Theory of Property, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco, CA March 27, 2003.

Panel on Hobbes's Political Theory, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 28, 2003.

Panel on Affirmative Action with John Perry and Kenneth Taylor, Philosophy Department, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, June 5, 2002.

Paul Taylor and Charles Mills, Author Meets Critics: Tommy L. Lott, The Invention of Race, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Chicago, April 25, 2002.

Jorge Garcia, “Racial and Ethnic Identity: Some Problems” Conference on Passions of the Color Line: Emotion and Power in Racial Construction, University of San Francisco, March 3, 2001.


President's Scholar, San Jose State University, 1999.