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Eddie O'Byrn

Assistant Professor


Dr. O’Byrn is a scholar of critical philosophy of race and Black American philosophy with research spanning 19th, 20th, and 21st century Western philosophy.

Research Interests

Existential Philosophy, Black Feminist Philosophies, Frederick Douglass, Race/Racism, Black American Intellectual Histories, Humanism/Anti-Humanism, Media Representation, Antiblackness, Empowerment.


The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., Philosophy, 2019

Concordia College, B.A. Philosophy, 2012



2021 Public Works Grant from Carleton College: Black Minnesota in the 1800s and 1900s


Courses Taught

SPRING 2023  AFRO 226 - Black Women Contemporary US Society

SPRING 2023  AFRO 378 - Race and Revolutions

FALL 2022  AFRO 224 - Studies in Black Television 

FALL 2022  AFRO 227 - Humanist Perspectives of Afro-American Experience [Black Humanism]


Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, African American Studies
Assistant Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Recent Publications

O'Byrn, E. (2023). Simone de Beauvoir, Analogy, Intersectionality, and Expanding Philosophy: An Interview with Kathryn Sophia Belle. Hypatia, 6(1).

O’Byrn, E. (2022). Reading Angela Davis Beyond the Critique of Sartre. Sartre Studies International, 28(2), 17-41.

O’Byrn, E. (2022). Review: L.R. Gordon's Fear of Black Consciousness. Philosophical Quarterly, 72(4), 1061–1063. Article pqac019.

Belle, K. S., & O'Byrn, E. E. (2021). Anti-Racism and Existential Philosophy: An interview with Kathryn Sophia Bell. Sartre Studies International, 27(2), 1-9.

Neal, A. S., Barber, M., & O’Byrn, E. (2020). Thurman’s Philosophical De-Mystified Mysticism: Author Meets Critics: Anthony Sean Neal, Author of Howard Thurman’s Philosophical Mysticism Meets Critics Michael Barber and Eddie O’Byrn. The Acorn, 20(1/2), 5-21.

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