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Anthony Bogues

Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences and Critical Theory and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Anthony Bogues (Ph.D., 1994, Political Theory, University of the West Indies, Mona) is Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences and Critical Theory in the department of Africana Studies, affiliated Professor of Political Science and Modern Culture and Media, and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University. Between 2004-2007, he was Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence. He is also Visiting Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Visitng Professor of the Humanities at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and Honorary Professor at the Center for African Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His major research and writing interests are intellectual and cultural history, radical political thought, critical theory, Caribbean and African politics and literature.

Professor Bogues is the author of Caliban's Freedom: The Early Political Thought of C.L.R. James (1997); Black Heretics and Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals (2003); and Empire of Liberty: Power, Freedom, and Desire (2010) and editor of two volumes of Caribbean intellectual history, After Man Towards the Human: Critical Essays on the Thought of Sylvia Wynter (2006) and The George Lamming Reader: The Aesthetics of Decolonization (2011). He has published over sixty essays in the fields of intellectual history, political theory, and cultural and literary history. He is associate editor of the journal Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism and a member of the editorial collective of the journal boundary 2.

He recently co-curated a national exhibition of Haitian Art, Reframing Haiti: Art, History, and Performativity. He is currently working on three major projects: a political/philosophical project on questions of the human, freedom, human emancipation and the black intellectual tradition; co-curating a major exhibition on Haitian art for 2014 in Paris and Cape Town, South Africa; and an intellectual/political biography of Michael Manley and Jamaican postcolonial politics.

Professor Bogues teaches courses on subjects ranging from the Haitian Revolution, the complexities of African American political thought, and the nature of freedom in the modern world to the relationship between critical political theory and the imagination and on the relationship between history and literature in Caribbean novels. He also conducts independent reading courses on the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, C.L.R. James, Michel Foucault, and Hannah Arendt and teaches graduate seminars for the Cogut Center for Humanities.

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences and Critical Theory
  • A.B. Mellon Visiting Fellow, University of Cape Town, May 2010
  • Cogut Humanities Faculty Fellow, 2010
  • Harmon Family Professor, Brown University, 2008-2013
  • Honorary Professor, University of Cape Town
  • Freedman Humanities Lecturer, Dartmouth College - Spring 2007
  • Mellon Undergraduate Mentorship Award, 2007
  • Distinguished Fellow, Center for African Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2006
  • Rhode Island Council for the Humanities for a project on African-American social theatre, 2005
  • Brown University Presidential Citation for Scholarship and Teaching, 2005
  • Royce Family Professorship in Teaching Excellence, Brown University, 2004
  • Visiting Professor of Intellectual History and Political Theory, University of the West Indies, November 2004
  • Middle Atlantic Writers Association (MAWA) Distinguished Writer Award, October 2003. (For non-fiction historical and political writing)
  • Barrett Hazeltine Citation for Excellence In Teaching, Brown University, 2002
  • Mellon Foundation Undergraduate Mentorship Award, Brown University, 2002
  • Wayland Fellow, Brown University, 2001-2002
  • Visiting Scholar at the Alice Berline Kaplan Center for Humanities, Northwestern University, for the series, "Race, Identity and Modernity" January 2001
  • Department of Government, University of the West Indies. Student Teaching Award for courses in African Politics, 1999
  • Monsignor Gladstone Wilson Excellence Award for Teaching at the University of the West Indies, Mona, 1999

Selected Publications

  • The George Lamming Reader: The Aesthetics of Decolonization, ed., (IRP, 2011)
  • Caribbean Thought and the Radical Imagination (2010)
  • Empire of Liberty: Power, Imperial Freedom and Desire (University of New England Press, 2010)
  • Caribbean Reasonings, After Man Towards the Human: Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter ed., (IRP, 2006)
  • Black Heretics and Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals (Routledge, 2003)
  • The Frame of the Nation ed., Special Issue of Small Axe(Indiana, 2002)
  • Aspects of the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition, ed., Special Issue of Small Axe, (University of West Indies Press, 1998)
  • Caliban's Freedom: The Early Political Thought of C. L. R. James (Pluto, 1997)

COURSES TAUGHT

  • And What About the Human?
  • Haiti: Revolution, Art, History and Politics
  • Comparative Revolutions of the 20th century
  • Race, Empire and Modernity
  • Rastafari
  • Freedom in Africana Political Thought
  • Africa and the West/The History of Ideas
  • History, Nation, Popular Culture and Caribbean Politics
  • Modern Caribbean History and Society
  • Thinking Africa Differently
  • Comparative Africana Literature