Dr. Devonya N. Havis is a 2021-22 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Her scholarly engagements utilize insights from U.S. Black cultures and Michel Foucault to explore issues in Critical Philosophy of Race, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and Critical Disability Studies. Her publications include: “‘Now, How You Sound’: Considering a Different Philosophical Praxis” in Hypatia; “Managing Individuals and Populations through Psychiatric Classification” in the Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Psychiatry; “Blackness Beyond Witness” in Philosophy and Social Criticism; “‘Seeing Black’ through Michel Foucault’s Eyes: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws as An Anchorage Point for State-Sponsored Racism,” in Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics; she is a contributor to Addressing Ableism: Philosophical Questions via Disability Studies. Havis’ “Black Ancestral Discourses: Cultural Cadences from the South” appears in Thinking the US South. She has a forthcoming book, Creating a Black Vernacular Philosophy with Lexington Books. Havis has also been developing decolonial models for service and experiential learning.
Critical philosophy of race, phenomenology and existentialism; race and technology; abolition and decarceration; decolonial experiential learning; critical disability studies; blues and jazz.