Faculty Name

Gertrude Gonzales de Allen, Ph.D.


Associate Professor, Philosophy & Religious Studies


Philosophy & Religious Studies



Office Location

The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 437


Ph.D., M.A., Binghamton University
B.A., Susquehanna University


Selected Awards
2011/2012 Franklin Humanities Institute HBCU Fellow, Duke University
2007/2008 Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
2007/2008 UNCF Mellon Faculty Research Fellow       
2005/2006 Ford Foundation Diversity Grant, Administered by the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University

Courses Taught

PHI 131 Practical Reasoning
PHI 230 History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval
PHI 231 History of Philosophy: Modern
PHI 240 African American Philosophy
PHI 384 Metaphysics
PHI 392 On the Origins of Postmodernism
PHI 400 Latin American Philosophy

Research Interests

Dr. González de Allen’s teaching and research interests include Africana philosophy (especially, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin philosophy), existential phenomenology, metaphysics, history of philosophy, Caribbean theory, literature and culture, colonialism, postcolonialism and the de-colonial turn, theory about identity and the explorations of the intersections between philosophy, film, literature and culture. Her research and writing also engages diversity issues in higher education, particularly HBCU’s. 

Work on her current monograph, Sedimented Subjectivities: A Phenomenology of Layered Being in the United States Virgin Islands, focuses on developing a phenomenology of existence of the people of the U.S, Virgin Islands by examining how key moments in USVI history shape collective and individual identities.  She is also interested in how United States colonization impacts identity in the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Cultural Activisms: Poetic Voices, Political Voices. Ed. Gertrude M. James Gonzalez and Anne JM Mamary. New York: SUNY Press, 1999.

Selected Articles/Book Chapters
“In Search of Epistemic Freedom: Afro-Caribbean Philosophy’s Contributions to Continental Philosophy.” Ed. Cynthia Willet. Journal of Speculative Philosophy. Vol. 26. 2 (Winter 2012): 394-403. [in press] 

“From the Caribbean to the U.S.:  Afro-Latinity in Changing Contexts.” Transmodernity. 1.3 (Spring 2012): 133-145.

“Space, Power, Consciousness and Women’s Resistance.”  The CLR James Journal.  15.1 (Spring 2009).

“Discourses of Diversity at Spelman College.” Alma Jean Billingslea Brown (co-author). Ed. Winniefred R. Brown-Glaude. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2009.

“Recipe of a Life: the Sediments, Fragments and Flow in an Afro-Latin Caribbean Identity.” International Studies in Philosophy.  Vol. 39.4. (Summer 2009):15-34.

“Enrique Dussell and Manuel Zapata Olivelli: An Exploration of De-Colonial, Diasporic, and Trans-modern Selves and the Politics of Recognition” in Worlds and Knowledges Otherwise, ed. Nelson Maldonado-Torres. (Fall, 2006): 1-12.

 “Of Property: On `Captive’ `Bodies,’ Hidden `Flesh’ and Colonization.” Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy. Ed. Lewis R. Gordon. New York: Routledge, 1997.

Book Review: “From Class to Race” Essays in White Marxism and Black Radicalism.” Philosophia Africana, Vol. 8, No. 2, August, 2005.

Book Review: “The Quest for Community and Identity: Critical Essays in Africana Philosophy.” APA Newsletters, 3.2 (Spring 2004).