Faculty

Cornel R. West, MA, PhD

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Philosophy & Christian Practice


CONTACT

cwest@uts.columbia.edu

EDUCATION

A.B., Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Harvard University, 1973
M.A., Philosophy, Princeton University, 1975
Ph.D., Philosophy, Princeton University, 1980

BIOgraphy

Dr. Cornel West is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. West teaches on the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as courses in Philosophy of  Religion, African American Critical Thought, and a wide range of subjects — including but by no means limited to, the classics, philosophy, politics, cultural theory, literature, and music. 

Dr. West is the former Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard  University and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Cornel West graduated  Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in  Philosophy at Princeton.  

He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at  nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. 

Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now.  He has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

Learn more about Dr. Cornel West here.

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