Derefe Chevannes

Ph.D. Candidate

Political Science

My current scholarly interests center on issues of emancipatory philosophies. That is, I am intrigued by questions of freedom and unfreedom. Social identity, particularly as it pertains to blackness, I argue, is a liberatory weapon that could occasion an unshackling of the yoke of oppression imposed by a neo-enslaving world order. I am also fascinated by modes of liberation, with an acute focus on what I deem the sensationalistic emancipatory enterprise: freedom that fully engages and builds on our senses. In the end, I hope to develop a renewed humanism to contribute to an identity-conscious juridico-political system.

Research Interests

Emancipatory Black Identity; Critical Legal & Race Theories; Social Identity; Minority Rights; Modes of Liberation; Identity Politics


M.Sc., Government, University of the West Indies
B.A., Political Science, Northwestern College

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