Chike Jeffers

Associate Professor; Honours Advisor; Cross-Appointed with Canadian Studies; and International Development Studies. Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), in Africana Philosophy

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  • Winter 2023
    PHIL 2165
    PHIL 4700/5700

Office Hours

Please contact at:

Room 3136
Marion McCain Building

Phone: 902.494.3547
Mailing Address: 
Room 3136, Marion McCain Building
Dalhousie University
6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Africana Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Race
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics


  • Ph.D in Philosophy (2010) - Northwestern University
  • Dissertation title: The Black Gift: Cultural Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in Africana Philosophy
  • B.A., Honours, in Philosophy (w/ minor in Film Studies) (2004) - York University

Selected Publications


What is Race? Four Philosophical Views, co-written with Joshua Glasgow, Sally Haslanger, and Quayshawn Spencer (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019)

Edited Books:

Listening to Ourselves: A Multilingual Anthology of African Philosophy (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2013).


  • "Anna Julia Cooper and the Black Gift Thesis,"  History of Philosophy Quarterly 33 (January 2016):79-97
  • "The Ethics and Politics of Cultural Preservation," The Journal of Value Inquiry 49 (March 2015): 205-220
  • “Appiah’s Cosmopolitanism,”  The Southern Journal of Philosophy 51 (December 2013):488-510.
  • "A Westian Vision of the Role of Black Philosophy," The Black Scholar 43 (Winter 2013):24-31.
  • “Embodying Justice in Ancient Egypt: The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant as a Classic of Political Philosophy,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (May 2013): 421-442.
  • “The Cultural Theory of Race: Yet Another Look at Du Bois’s “The Conservation of Races,”” Ethics 123 (April 2013): 403-426.
  • “Do We Need African Canadian Philosophy?” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review/Revue canadienne de philosophie 51 (December 2012): 643-666.

Book Chapters:

  • "Rights, Race, and the Beginnings of Modern Africana Philosophy," in Paul C. Taylor, Linda Martin Alcoff and Luvell Anderson (eds.), The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race (New York: Routledge., 2017) 127-139.
  • "Du Bois, Appiah, and Outlaw on Racial Identity," in Naomi Zack (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017), 204-213.
  • W.E.B. Du Bois'"Whither Now and Why,"" in Eric Schliesser (ed), Ten Neglected Classics of Philosophy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017) 222-254
  • “Should Black Kids Avoid Wearing Hoodies?” in George Yancy and Janine Jones (eds.), Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012), 129-140.