Dr. Clevis r. Headley

Ph.D., University of Miami

Associate Professor


Areas of Specialization

  • Africana Philosophy

  • Critical Race Theory

  • Epistemology

  • Analytic Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Language

  • Philosophy of Mathematics


Email: headley@fau.edu

Office Phone: 561-297-2928


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Dr. Clevis Headley received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Miami, from which he also received an M.A. in philosophy. Before attending the University of Miami for graduate study, Dr. Headley had received a B.A. in philosophy from The University of the South (Sewanee), the place that first inspired his passion for philosophy.

Dr. Headley specializes in Africana philosophy, critical race theory, epistemology, analytic philosophy, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mathematics.

He has made considerable contributions to these fields through publications in such journals as Semiotica, Man and World: International Philosophical Journal, Diogenes, Shibboleths: A Journal of Comparative Theory, Philosophia Africana, and the Journal for Social Philosophy, in addition to contributing chapters to numerous books in his areas of specialization.

Dr. Headley co-edited two books, Shifting the Geography of Reason (2007) and Haiti and the Americas (2013) and is currently finishing a book manuscript titled Race, Philosophy, and Being: Working Through the Contestability of Race and Philosophy, which is under contract with Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield).

In addition to being an active member of many philosophical organizations, Dr. Headley was the co-founder (with Lewis Gordon and Paget Henry) of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. He has presented numerous papers for such conferences as the American Philosophical Association and the International Society for the Study of African Philosophy and he has given invited lectures at the University of Memphis, the University of the West Indies, the University of Oslo, and Rhodes University in Grahamstown (South Africa). In November 2017, Dr. Headley had the honor of presenting the keynote address at the 63rd annual conference of the Florida Philosophical Association.


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Curriculum Vita

Recent Publications



  • Introduction to Philosophy

  • Critical Thinking

  • Ethical Theory

  • Social and Political Philosophy

  • American Philosophy

  • Analytical Philosophy

  • Existentialism

  • Philosophy of Religion

  • Africana Philosophy