UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Devonya N. Havis

Portrait of Devonya Havis, Ph.D.

Devonya N. Havis, Ph.D.

UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2021-22

  • PhD, Philosophy, Boston College
  • BA, Religion with Concentrations in Philosophy and Asian Studies, Williams College 

Notable Awards

  • Public Research Fellow, Cornell University Industrial Labor Relations in Buffalo and Partnership for the Public Good
  • W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research Fellow, Harvard University

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Email: havis@buffalo.edu

Office Phone: 716-645-7466

Office:  637 Clemens Hall, UB North

Dr. Devonya N. Havis is a 2021-22 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Her scholarly engagements utilize insights from U.S. Black cultures and Michel Foucault to explore issues in Critical Philosophy of Race, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and Critical Disability Studies. Her publications include: “‘Now, How You Sound’: Considering a Different Philosophical Praxis” in Hypatia; “Managing Individuals and Populations through Psychiatric Classification” in the Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Psychiatry; “Blackness Beyond Witness” in Philosophy and Social Criticism; “‘Seeing Black’ through Michel Foucault’s Eyes: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws as An Anchorage Point for State-Sponsored Racism,” in Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics; she is a contributor to Addressing Ableism: Philosophical Questions via Disability Studies. Havis’ “Black Ancestral Discourses: Cultural Cadences from the South” appears in Thinking the US South. She has a forthcoming book, Creating a Black Vernacular Philosophy with Lexington Books. Havis has also been developing decolonial models for service and experiential learning.


Areas of Interest/Special Expertise

Critical philosophy of race, phenomenology and existentialism; race and technology; abolition and decarceration; decolonial experiential learning; critical disability studies; blues and jazz.