José Jorge Mendoza (ABD Ph.D.)Email: Jmendoza1@Worcester.edu
What I Do
My work is centered on issues of global justice and draws from three philosophical traditions: Moral and Political Philosophy, Latin American Philosophy and Philosophy of Race. In particular, my work points to, and attempts to resolve, the tension between democratic autonomy (i.e., a peoples’ right to self-determination) and international human rights (i.e., non-negotiable duties we owe to others by virtue of their being human beings). In my work I therefore try to point out the places where these two (democratic autonomy and international human rights) come into conflict, and I try to find a way to at least ameliorate the tension between them. One of the places where this tension becomes readily apparent is with the issue of immigration and so I have recently been focused, almost exclusively, on this issue. The philosophers I tend to draw from are Karl Marx, John Rawls, and Enrique Dussel. That said, I am always up for some good old-fashion logic.
Title of My Dissertation: On Immigration Enforcement and Expulsion Strategies: A Moral and Political Defense of Undocumented Immigrants
Articles I Have Published
American Me? Does “Sí Se Puede” Translate To “Yes We Can”?
Neither a State of Nature Nor a State of Exception
The Political Philosophy of Unauthorized Immigration (2010 APA Prize in Latin American Thought)
A "Nation" of Immigrants
Introduction to the Ethics of "Illegality"
Courses I Have Taught
Spring 2012: PHIL 298: Philosophy and Race
Spring 2012: PHIL 121: Individual and Society
Spring 2010: PHIL 103: Critical Reasoning
Summer 2009: PHIL 216: Philosophy & Cultural Diversity
Spring 2009: PHIL 103: Critical Reasoning
Summer 2008:PHIL 332: Philosophy of Film