Areas of Specialization: Social and Political Philosophy (esp. antiracist critical theory); History of African-American Political Thought; 19th Century European Philosophy (esp. Nietzsche); Existentialism; and Aesthetics
Robert Gooding-Williams holds appointments in both the Philosophy Department and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), where he is a member of the Core Faculty and founding director of the Center for Race, Philosophy, and Social Justice. Gooding-Williams is the author of Zarathustra's Dionysian Modernism (Stanford, 2001); Look, A Negro! Philosophical Essays on Race, Culture, and Politics (Routledge, 2005); and, In The Shadow of Du Bois: Afro-Modern Political Thought in America (Harvard, 2009).
Over the course of his career, Gooding-Williams has been awarded numerous fellowships, including an NEH Independent Scholars and College Teachers Fellowship, two Andrew Mellon Faculty Fellowships, and a Laurance A. Rockefeller Fellowship awarded by Princeton University’s University Center for Human Values. Presently, Gooding-Williams is a member of the APA Eastern Division Nominating Committee, an Advisory Editor of The Journal of the American Philosophical Association, a member of the Editorial Council of Constellations, and Co-editor of the Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy, a web site that publishes commentary by philosophers and other scholars on recent philosophical writing on race and gender.