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Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Anika Simpson

Dr. Anika Simpson

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Office: Holmes Hall 309-D
Phone: (443) 885-3939


2004 Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Memphis
1996 M.Ed. in Elementary Education, The Ohio State University
1995 B.A. in Philosophy, Spelman College

Dr. Simpson joined the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies in 2004. She is the founding coordinator of MSU's Women's and Gender Studies program and served in that position from 2009 to 2018. Her publications have primarily focused upon black feminism and African-American philosophy. Her current research project explores the interplay of morality, marriage and black women's sexuality. While serving as the McDowell Fellow in Philosophy and Social Policy at American University for the 2019-2020 academic year, Dr. Simpson worked on a manuscript, Single Black Mother: Queer Reflections on Marriage and Racial Justice, which is currently under contract with Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications
Single Black Mother: Queer Reflections on Marriage and Racial Justice, under contract with Oxford University Press. 
"Black Philosophy and the Erotic" in The Black Scholar, (Winter 2013), Volume 43, Number 4.
"Race and Feminist Standpoint Theory" in Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy, ed. by Maria Davidson, Kathryn Gines and Donna-Dale Marcano. Albany: SUNY Press, 2010.
"Contradictions of Racism: Locke, Slavery, and the Two Treatises" co-authored with Robert Bernasconi in Race and Racism in Modern Philosophy, ed. by Andrew Valls. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005.

Courses Taught at Morgan State University
Contemporary Western Philosophy
Ethics and the Law
Ethics and Values
Ethics in Contemporary Society
Gender and Science
Introduction to Critical Thinking
Power and Gender
Senior Seminar I & II
Senior Honors Thesis I & II

Women's and Gender Studies:
Introduction to Women's Studies
Understanding Feminist Theories

Professional Affiliations
American Philosophical Association
National Women's Studies Association