What is it like to be a person of color in philosophy? The most recent report by the APA I could find on “Minorities in Philosophy” has data up to 2009. The Daily Nous, reproducing the work of Critical Philosophy of Race authors Tina Fernandes Botts (Michigan), Liam Kofi Bright (Carnegie Mellon), Myisha Cherry (John Jay College), Guntur Mallarangeng (San Francisco), and Quayshawn Spencer (San Francisco), noted the following:
– Blacks make up just 1.32 percent of the total number of people professionally affiliated (as grad students or faculty) with U.S. philosophy departments.
– Approximately 0.88 percent of U.S. philosophy Ph.D. students are black.
– Approximately 4.3 percent of U.S. tenured philosophy professors are black.
– Of black philosophy Ph.D. students in the U.S., half are female. That is about double the rate of the U.S. philosophy Ph.D. student population as a whole.
– The distribution of black female Ph.D. students across philosophy Ph.D. programs is much lower than black males. Specifically, 69 percent of black female Ph.D. students are at Penn State.
– The top areas of specialization for U.S. black philosophers are (1) Africana, (2) Race, (3) Social and Political, (4) Ethics, and (5) Continental philosophy.