Denise James

Assistant Professor
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy


Dr. James' primary research interest is in American social and political philosophy. She joined the faculty at the University of Dayton in 2008. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Her dissertation titled "Critical Steps towards a Creative Public Sphere for an Actually Existing American Democracy," concerns notions of social justice and local political participation.


  • Ph. D., Emory University

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Geography
  • Philosophy of Race
  • Feminism
  • Pragmatism
  • Social Justice

Selected Publications

“The Hostile Gospel and Democratic Faith: Black Feminist Reflections on John Dewey and Rap,” Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism, Hammington and Bardwell-Jones, forthcoming.

“In Support of the Girls from ‘Round Here’: Black Feminist Reflections on the Utility of Rage for Building Communities of Support,” Chapter 6, Communities of Peace, Poe, editor, Value Inquiry Book Series, Editions Rodopi, 2011.

“Theorizing Black Feminist Pragmatism: Forethoughts on the Practice and Purpose of Philosophy as Envisioned by Black Feminists and John Dewey.” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy. Volume 23, Number 2, 2009 (New Series), pp. 92-99.