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Shaeeda Mensah
  • Assistant Professor

Shaeeda Mensah


Ph.D. , Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
BA, Sociology, Spelman College

Research Interests

Dr. Mensah's areas of research specialization include black feminisms, social and political philosophy, philosophy of race, and feminist philosophy. Her current research focuses on Black women’s experiences with police violence and mass incarceration. More specifically, her research centers Black women as victims of police violence and mass incarceration, and considers the social, political, and epistemological implications of centering Black men and boys as the near exclusive targets of such practices.

Recent Courses

  • PHI 1103: Philosophy & Black Lives Matter
  • PHI 3301 – Feminist and Gender Theory
  • PHI 3319 – Black Feminism(s)
  • FYS 1263: Philosophy and Pop Culture
  • PHI 1105: Contemporary Issues in Ethics

Upcoming Courses:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Philosophy and Black Lives Matter

Selected Publications

  • “On the Uses and Misuses of Intersectionality.” Review of The Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery: Biocapitalism and Black Feminism’s Philosophy of History, by Alys Eve Weinbaum, and Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality, by Jennifer C. Nash. (Forthcoming December 2021).
  • “Commentary on ‘Responsibilities to Justice-Involved Students in Higher Education’” in Equity, Freedom, and Inclusion in Higher Education: Cases and Commentaries in Educational Ethics. Edited by Drs. Rebecca Taylor and Ashley Floyd Kuntz (Forthcoming September 2021).
  • “The Intersections of Race, Gender, and Criminality: A Black Women's Phenomenological Account” in Race as Phenomena: Between Phenomenology and Philosophy of Race., Rowman and Littlefield. Edited by Dr. Emily Lee (July 2019).
  • “On Black Women and State Violence” Review of Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes, ed. George Yancy, Maria Davidson, and Susan Hadley. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy Reviews Online (November 2018).
Shaeeda Mensah