Minorities and Philosophy

Columbia is proud to be affiliated with Minorities and Philosophy, an organization that examines and addresses issues of minority participation in academic philosophy. Our chapter aims to foster a vibrant and diverse philosophical community, particularly by encouraging participation by undergraduate philosophers.

We run a number of social and academic events, including biweekly meetings, workshops, and a mentoring program. For details, please contact any of the graduate students below, visit our Facebook page or email us on mapcolumbia@gmail.com.

MAP organizers:

Adam Blazej: I am a fifth year PhD student with primary interests in the history of philosophy (esp. Kant and 19th-century German philosophy), moral psychology, and normativity. I also have interests in related issues in the philosophy of action, the philosophy of mind, and phenomenology.

Yarran Hominh: I am a second year Vietnamese-Australian PhD student. My main interests are in ethics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of law, but I also have interests in social epistemology, the later Wittgenstein, pragmatism and the history of early modern philosophy.

Mariana Beatriz Noé: I am an Argentine PhD student from the Classical Studies interdepartmental program, and I am mainly interested in Ancient Philosophy and Action Theory. My research focuses in how ancient authors thought about the relationship between actions and emotions.

MAP graduate mentors:

Natalie Hannan: I'm a second year PhD student interested in epistemology and ancient philosophy--in particular, how ideas of belief, knowledge, and related topics arose and developed from the ancient world into the early modern and modern era.

Michael Holmes: I am a second year PhD student. My main interests are in philosophy of language, social cognition, and political philosophy. I also have interests in philosophy of religion, and ethics.

Andrew Richmond: I'm a second year PhD Student. I mostly study the philosophies of mind and language, but I also have interests in the history of philosophy (especially Kant and early analytic), epistemology, and logic.


Both undergraduate and graduate students can also take advantage of MAP’s events and larger network of mentors. For more information, please visit the MAP website: http://www.mapforthegap.com.


Other resources:

Undergraduate Philosophy Opportunities 

Best Practices for the Inclusive Philosophy Classroom

The UPDirectory: Directory of Philosophers from Underrepresented Groups in Philosophy

Reducing Stereotype Threat


What it is like to be - 

A Philosopher of Colour

A Foreigner in Academia

A Woman Philosopher

Disabled Philosophers

Discrimination and Disadvantage

Non-Native English Speaking Philosophers

LGBT Academics