Kathryn T. Gines
Penn State University
Gines founded the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers (CBWP) in 2007 when she was an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University (the inaugural conference was spotlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education). The annual CBWP conference for students and professors across ranks is now held at Penn State University. Each year the CBWP conference brings in major scholars (e.g. Anita Allen, Patricia Hill Collins, Joy James, and Patricia McFadden), hosts approximately 30 visiting Black women faculty and students in philosophy, and offers professional development workshops. Gines details her work with this organization in “Being a Black Woman Philosopher: Reflections on Founding the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers” (a musing published in Hypatia 2011). She is also the director and conference organizer for Penn State’s Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP), a program designed to recruit traditionally underrepresented groups into philosophy
Gines is a founding co-editor (with Robert Bernasconi and Paul C. Taylor) of the new peer-reviewed journal Critical Philosophy of Race (Penn State University Press) for which she had the role of special editor for the inaugural issue (January 2013) featuring a critical commentary by Charles Mills as well as an afterword by Linda Martín Alcoff. The theme for this special issue, “Critical Philosophy of Race Beyond the Black-white Binary,” was inspired by a conference Gines organized on the same topic. Gines is also a certified coach for the National Center for Faculty Diversity & Development, a certified yoga instructor, and a specialist in work, life, and wellness balance.