Jane Anna Gordon is Professor of Political Science with affiliations in American Studies, El Instituto, Global Affairs, Philosophy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
She is a specialist in political theory, with a focus on modern and contemporary political theory, Africana political thought, theories of enslavement, political theories of education, and methodologies in the social sciences.
Gordon is, most recently, author of Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement (Routledge 2020) and Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Frantz Fanon (Fordham University Press 2014) and co-editor (with Drucilla Cornell) of Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg (Rowman and Littlefield 2021) and (with Cyrus E. Zirakzadeh) of The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance (University Press of Kentucky 2019).
She is also author of Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict over Community Control in Ocean Hill-Brownsville (RoutledgeFalmer 2001), which was listed by the Gotham Gazette as one of the four best recent books on civil rights and co-author of Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age (Routledge 2009). With Lewis R. Gordon, Aaron Kamugisha, and Neil Roberts, she edited Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader (Rowman and Littlefield International 2016); with Neil Roberts, she edited Creolizing Rousseau (Rowman and Littlefield International 2015); and with Lewis R. Gordon, she edited The Companion to African American Studies (Blackwell Publishers 2006), which was the NetLibrary Book of the Month in February 2007, and Not Only the Master’s Tools: African-American Studies in Theory and Practice (Routledge 2006).
President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) from 2014-2016, she continues to direct the CPA Summer School and to co-edit the Creolizing the Canon and Global Critical Caribbean Thought book series. With Lewis R. Gordon, she edits the new, open-access journal,
Philosophy and Global Affairs.