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Department of African and African-American Studies at Lehman College

Faculty - LaRose T. Parris

LaRose ParrisE-mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-7119
Office: CA 291
Office Hours: Email for appointment
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees: B.A., NYU; M.A., City College of New York; Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center

LaRose T. Parris is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Lehman College. She received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she was awarded the Melvin Dixon Prize for Best Dissertation in African American Studies. Her first book, Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature (2015) was awarded the Nicolás Guillén Prize for Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature by the Caribbean Philosophical Association in 2016. Currently, Parris is co-editor of Rowman & Littlefield's new book series, Living Existentialism, which focuses on generative scholarship that highlights existential thought's diverse lineages in anti-colonial, Africana, feminist, and Indigenous epistemologies.

Current Academic Interests

Africana Philosophy, Afro-Caribbean Philosophy, Africana existentialism, Africana epistemologies, African Diaspora Studies, Black Radical Studies, Black feminist thought, and Critical race theory.


Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature. Virginia UP, 2015.

Selected Publications

"'To Be Young, Gifted' and Woman: Reading Rosa Luxemburg through Lorraine Hansberry and the Black Radical Tradition," edited by Drucilla Cornell and Jane Anna Gordon, Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg, Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.

Preface. Philosophy of Antifascism: Punching Nazis and Fighting White Supremacy, by Devin Zane Shaw, Rowman & Littlefield, 2020, pp. ix-xii.

"Epilogue: An Interview with Nathalie Etoke on Melancholia Africana: The Indispensible Overcoming of the Black Condition Conducted by LaRose T. Parris," Melancholia Africana. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019, pp. 75-82.

"Revisiting Humanity's Roots: Establishing Africana Philosophy's Metaepistemological and Metaphilosophical Foundations," Entre Letras, vol. 9, no. 1 July 2018

"Creolizing the Academy: Embracing Transdisciplinarity to Revive the Humanities and Promote Critical Pedagogy," Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, vol. 40, no.1, 30 Jan. 2018

"The Black Consciousness Psychology of Frantz Fanon." Co-authored with Lewis Gordon, edited by Suman Fernando and Roy Moodley, Global Psychologies: Mental Health and the Global South, London: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018, pp. 215 –228.

"Frantz Fanon: Existentialist, Dialectician, and Revolutionary," Journal of Pan African Studies, vol. 4, no. 7, 2011, pp. 4–23.