Linda Martin Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is originally from Panama. Her son Jose Alcoff (aka "Chepe") is a self-described "communist" who claims to have been raised in a "Marxist/Leninist/Maoist family."
Linda Martin Alcoff has degrees from Georgia State University and Brown University, and has held positions at Syracuse University, SUNY Stony Brook and Kalamazoo College, and visiting appointments at Cornell, Brown, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Aarhus. Her writings have focused on social identity and race, epistemology and politics, sexual violence, Foucault, Dussel, and Latino issues in philosophy.
She has written two books: Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (Oxford 2006), Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory (Cornell 1996); and she has edited ten, including Feminist Epistemologies co-edited with Elizabeth Potter (Routledge, 1993); Thinking From the Underside of History co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000); Epistemology: The Big Questions (Blackwell, 1998); Identities co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta (Blackwell, 2002); Singing in the Fire: Tales of Women in Philosophy (Rowman and Littlefield 2003); The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy co-edited with Eva Feder Kittay (Blackwell 2006); Identity Politics Reconsidered co-edited with Michael Hames-Garcia, Satya Mohanty and Paula Moya (Palgrave, 2006); Constructing the Nation: A Race and Nationalism Reader co-edited with Mariana Ortega (SUNY 2009); Saint Paul among the Philosophers co-edited with Jack Caputo (Indiana, 2009); Feminism, Sexuality, and the Return of Religion co-edited with Jack Caputo (Indiana 2011). She is currently at work on two new books: a book on sexual violence, and an account of future of white identity. She is a co-editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. She has held an ACLS Fellowship, a Society for the Humanities at Cornell University Fellowship, and she was named one of Syracuse University's first Meredith Professors for Teaching Excellence. She is President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, for 2012-2013, and has also served on its Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, Program Committee, Committee on the Status of Women, and as Chair of the Committee on Hispanics/Latinos. She also served as Co- Director of SPEP (the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy). She is originally from Panama, but lives today in Brooklyn.
New York Times OpEd
Marxist Paper with Son
In 2015, Jose Alcoff published a paper with his mother Linda Alcoff in Science & Society: Vol. 79, Special Issue: Red on Black: Marxist Encounters with Anarchism titled "Autonomism in Theory and Practice." See abstract:
- "Autonomism is a growing force on the global left and an important influence on the “movements of the squares.” Often misidentified by anarchists as a Marxist deviation, and by Marxists as a form of anarchism, autonomism is something in between: a form of Marxism with a strong bent toward localism, horizontal decision-making, and anti-authoritarianism. Surveying its history, four aspects of its theoretical distinctiveness may be identified: its understanding of autonomy, its approach to the question of the social versus the individual, its effort to broaden ideas about who counts as workers and what counts as resistance, and its focus on making decentralization a question of principle. Three lines of critique focus on the relation of class and race, the refusal to work with organized labor, and the fetishism of autonomy itself. Despite these problems, autonomism is an important trend for all leftists to understand."
Left Forum 2010
- Todd May, (Chair), - Clemson, Philosophy and Religion
- Harmony Goldberg - New York Study Group; Doctoral student, CUNY Graduate Center
- Linda Alcoff - Hunter College, Philosophy
- Kevin Alexander Gray - Author, Waiting for Lightning to Strike: the fundamental of Black Politics
Online University of the Left
The Online University of the Left, a new `Left Unity’ project, was initiated by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism in 2012. It’s core orientation is Marxist, but it contains teaching resources reflecting the full range of views on the wider left. About 50 left academics are involved in the core group so far-Richard Wolff, David Schweickart, Rose Brewer, Timothy Johnson, Gregory Morales, Bill Tabb, Ellen Schwartz, Jerry Harris, Linda Alcoff, Dana Cloud, Gar Alperovitz, to name a few.
One of the OUL’s key aims is to solve this problem of scattered resources, creating a web portal that will bring much of this valuable material together in one spot in cyberspace.
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- The massive women’s marches of 21 January may mark the beginning of a new wave of militant feminist struggle. But what exactly will be its focus? In our view, it is not enough to oppose Trump and his aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies. We also need to target the ongoing neoliberal attack on social provision and labor rights....
- Let us join together on 8 March to strike, walk out, march and demonstrate. Let us use the occasion of this international day of action to be done with lean-in feminism and to build in its place a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism – a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world.
- accessed February 14 2019
- Left Forum 2015, Marxist Encounters with Anarchism accessed February 15 2019
- Alcoff homepage
- When Culture, Power and Sex Collide accessed February 17 2019
- [Linda Martín Alcoff and José Alcoff (2015). Autonomism in Theory and Practice. Science & Society: Vol. 79, Special Issue: Red on Black: Marxist Encounters with Anarchism, pp. 221-242. https://doi.org/10.1521/siso.2015.79.2.221 https://guilfordjournals.com/doi/10.1521/siso.2015.79.2.221 accessed February 14 2019]
- Archive, Discussion & Film “Wildcat at Mead” by Anika Paris June 24, 2013
- CCDS discussion page, accessed July 8, 2012