Melvin L. Rogers
Scott Waugh Chair in the Division of Social Sciences
University of California-Los Angeles

mrogers097@ucla.edu
https://ucla.academia.edu/MelvinRogers

434-249-8516

Political Science
4289 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

African American Studies
153 Hanes Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

ACADEMIC POSITION

 

University of California, Los Angeles

    Scott Waugh Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences, July, 2015-

Associate Professor, African American Studies and Political Science, July, 2014-

   (Currently 50% African American Studies/50% Political Science)

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

Emory University, Atlanta, GA

  Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, August, 2012August, 2014

  Faculty Associate, Department of Political Science, September, 2012-August, 2014

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, 2007-2012

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, 2010-11

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Scholar-In-Residence, Department of Political Science, 2005-2007

 

EDUCATION

 

Yale University, New Haven, CT

Ph.D., Political Science, with Distinction, December 2006

M.Phil., Political Science, May, 2004

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Exchange Scholar, Department of Religion, 2004-2005

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

M.Phil., Political Thought and Intellectual History, 2000

Amherst College, Amherst, MA

B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1999

PUBLICATIONS - Book

1. The Undiscovered Dewey: Religion, Morality, and the Ethos of Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2008; Pb., October, 2012), 328 pages

Reviewed By: Darren Walhof, Contemporary Political Theory 11.3 (2012):  12-14; Jason Frank, Political Theory 40.3 (2012): 379-86; James C. McCollum, Education and Culture: The Journal of the John Dewey Society 27.2 (2011):101-05; Benjamin T. Craig, Contemporary Pragmatism 8.1 (2011): 211-25; Mladen Turk, American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 32.2 (2011): 193-96; Matthew S. Hedstrom, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 79.1 (2011): 236-47; Michael Eldridge, Transactions of Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy 46.3 (2010): 508-12; Colin Koopman, Perspectives on Politics 8.4 (2010): 1219-20; Robert W. King, Journal of American Studies 44.1 (2010): 227-29; Shane Ralston, Journal of Politics 72.1 (2010): 258-71; Jim Garrison, Teachers College Record (2009): online; Paul Fairfield, Notre Dame Philosophical Review (2009): online

PUBLICATIONS - Edited Books

1. Editor, John Dewey, The Public and Its Problems (Swallow Press/Ohio University Press): Forthcoming, November, 2016

Includes:  Annotations; Critical Introduction; Bibliographical Essay; Biographical Outline

 

2. Editor, John Dewey, The Public and Its Problems (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012-2015), 190 pages: Out of Print

Includes: Annotations; Critical Introduction; Bibliographical Essay; Biographical Outline

Reviewed In: Shane Ralston, Philosophy in Review, 34.1-2 (2014): 11-13; Eldon J. Eisenach, American Political Thought, 4.1 (2015): 172-176; Ava Becker, Education and Culture, 31.1 (2015): 101-104

JOURNAL ISSUES - EDITED

1. Theory and Event, “Ferguson and the Tragic Presence of the Past,” Supplement, 17.3 (October, 2014), with an Introduction by Melvin Rogers: “Introduction: Disposable Lives”: ONLINE http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_and_event/toc/tae.17.3S.html

Essays by: Dora Apel, Utz Lars McKnight, Michelle Smith, Patchen Markell, Tommy J. Curry, Lisa L. Miller, Vesla M. Weaver, Steven Johnston, and Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

 

2. Contemporary Pragmatism, “Revisiting The Public and Its Problems, Special Issue, 7.1 (June, 2010), with an Introduction by Melvin Rogers: “Introduction: Revisiting The Public and its Problems,” 1-9

Essays by: James Bohman, Eric MacGilvray, Eddie Glaude, and Melvin Rogers

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS (Peer Reviewed)

1. Reprint: “The People, Rhetoric, and Affect: On the Political Force of Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk,” A Political Companion to W. E. B. Du Bois, ed. Nick Bromell (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, Forthcoming)

 

2. “David Walker and the Political Power of the Appeal,” Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy, 43.2 (April, 2015): 208-233

 

3. “Race and the Democratic Aesthetic: Jefferson, Whitman, and Holiday on the Hopeful and the Horrific,Festschrift for J. Peter Euben, Radical Future Past:  Untimely Essays in Political Theory, eds. Mark Reinhardt, George Shulman, and Rom Coles (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2014): 249-282

 

4. “The People, Rhetoric, and Affect:  On the Political Force of Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk,American Political Science Review, 106.1 (February 2012): 188-203

 

5. “The Fact of Sacrifice and Necessity of Faith: Dewey and the Ethics of Democracy,” Transactions of Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy, 47.3 (November 2011):  274-300

 

6. “John Dewey and His Vision of Democracy,” Contemporary Pragmatism: Special Issue, “Revisiting The Public and Its Problems,” 7.1 (June, 2010): 69-92

 

7. “Democracy, Piety, and Faith: A Reading of Dewey’s Religious Outlook,” Secular Faith, eds. Vincent Lloyd and Elliot Ratzman (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2010): 126-152

    Revised reprint of Chapter 3, “Faith and Democratic Piety,” of The Undiscovered Dewey

 

8. “Re-reading Honneth:  Exodus Politics and the Paradox of Recognition,” European Journal of Political Theory 8.2 (April, 2009): 183-206

 

9. “Democracy, Elites and Power:  John Dewey Reconsidered,” Contemporary Political Theory, 8.1 (February, 2009): 68-89

Selected for Journal’s Feature Article: Political Theory Revisited Section

Revised version of Chapter 5, “Constraining Elites and Managing Power,” of The Undiscovered Dewey

 

10. “Republican Confusion and Liberal Clarification,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, 34.7 (September, 2008): 799-824

 

11. “Action and Inquiry in Dewey’s Philosophy,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy, 43.1 (2007): 90-115

 

12. “Rorty’s Straussianism; Or, Irony Against Democracy,” Contemporary Pragmatism, 1.2 (December, 2004): 95-121

13. “Liberalism, Narrative, and Identity:  A Pragmatic Defense of Racial Solidarity,” Theory and Event, 6.2 (2002): <http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_&_event/>

NON-PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

1. “On Diamond Reynolds after Dallas,” Public Seminar, July 8, 2016: ONLINE: http://www.publicseminar.org/2016/07/on-diamond-reynolds-after-dallas/ (590 words) 

 

2. “What Good is History for African Americans?,” Boston Review, May 17, 2016: ONLINE: 

https://www.bostonreview.net/us/melvin-rogers-what-good-history-african-americans (1534 words)

  

3. “Race and Dignity: Freedom Can’t Be Left to Chance,” Boston Review, December 7, 2015: ONLINE: http://bostonreview.net/us/melvin-rogers-race-dignity (1500 words) 

 

4. Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (published in long and short form):

 

a. Critical Exchange: “Coates is a Realists, Not a Pessimist: Lester Spence Responds to Melvin L. Rogers”; “Coates Isn’t Hopeful: Melvin Rogers Responds to Lester Spence,” Dissent Magazine, August 13, 2015: ONLINE: http://www.dissentmagazine.org/blog/ta-nehisi-coates-isnt-hopeful-melvin-rogers-lester-spence

 

b. “Between Pain and Despair: What Ta-Nehisi Is Missing,” Dissent Magazine, July 31, 2015: ONLINE: https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/between-world-me-ta-nehisi-coates-review-despair-hope (2300 words)

 

c. The Atlantic, ed. Chris Bodenner, “Between the World and Me Book Club: Your Critical Thoughts,” July 26, 2015: ONLINE: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/07/readers-critical-between-world-me-ta-nehisi-coates/399641/ (1000 words)

 

5. “Social Equality and the Afterlife of White Supremacy,” The Contemporary Condition, January 16, 2015: ONLINE: http://contemporarycondition.blogspot.com/2015/01/social-equality-and-afterlife-of-white.html#links (1000 words)

 

6. Review of Contemporary Pragmatism, Volume 8, Issue 2, December 2011, Special Issue on “Obama and Pragmatism,” Transactions of Charles S. Peirce Society:  A Quarterly Journal In American Philosophy, 48.4 (2013): 558-62

 

7. Review of George Yancy, Black Bodies, White Gazes, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 24.2 (2010):  192-94

 

8. “Dewey, Pluralism, and Democracy:  A Response to Robert Talisse,” Transactions of the Charles Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal In American Philosophy 45.1 (June, 2009): 75-79

Symposium on Robert Talisse’s A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy (Routledge, 2007)

 

9. “Republicanism,” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition. Ed.  William A. Darity, Jr. 9 vols. (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008): vol. 7, 188-89

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS

The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought, Book Manuscript

African American Political Thought:  A Collected History (with Jack Turner, Political Science, University of Washington), Edited Volume (Under Contract, University of Chicago Press)

Race and the Imagination in African American Political Thought, Edited Book Volume

Pragmatism in Black (Invited Keynote Lecture for Rutgers Conference on Pragmatism and Early 20th Century U.S. Literature)

Race and Domination in African American Political Thought (Research Article)

Reflections on Vincent Lloyd’s Black Natural Law (Invited Article for Syndicate)

PRESENTATION AND LECTURES

“Being a Slave of the Community: Democratic-Republicanism and Racialized Domination”

    Political Theory Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, January 20,  

    2017

    Groupe De Recherche Interuniversitaire En Philosophie Politique (Gripp), McGill University,

    Quebec, Canada, March 17, 2017

 

“My Judgment Makes Me Political: David Walker’s Transformative Appeal,”

   Lecture, Department of Religion, Brown University, Providence, RI, October 19, 2016

 

“Race and Republicanism: Reflections on Early African-American Political Thought,”

    Political Theory Workshop, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA, April 29, 2016  

    Keynote: Law and Philosophy Conference, University of California-Los Angeles, Los

    Angeles, CA, April 10, 2016

 

“The Demandingness of Freedom: Walker and Racial Domination,”

Political Philosophy Workshop, Brown University, Providence, RI, October 20, 2016

Political Theory Workshop, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, November 13, 2015

Political Theory Workshop, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, October 30, 2015    

Political Theory Workshop, Yale University, New Haven, CT, September 16, 2015

Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory, UC-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, September

11, 2015

The Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy, New York, NY, March 15, 2015

Political Theory Workshop, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, March 10, 2015

 

“David Walker,” African American Political Thought: Past and Present Conference, Seattle, WA, April, 2014

 

“Performing One’s Dignity:  Walker, Race, and the Rhetorical Re-founding of the Republic,”

American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, MD, November 2013

Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference, West Lafayette, IN, October 2013

American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, August 2013

Series on Political Philosophy in Atlanta, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, February

27, 2013

 

“Race and the Democratic Aesthetic: Jefferson, Whitman, and Holiday on the Hopeful and the Horrific,”

Western Political Science Association, Hollywood, CA, March 2013

Philosophy Colloquium, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, November 16, 2012

 

“From Saints to Citizens:  Abolitionist Rhetoric and Democratic Faith,” The Racial Saint: Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh Conference, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, December, 2011

 

“Race and Democracy,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October, 2011

 

“The People, Rhetoric, and Affect:  On the Political Force of Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk,”

Philosophy Department, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, February, 2012

Political Science, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, November 10, 2011

WISER Distinguished Lecture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, October 10, 2011

Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park, April 8, 2011

Political Science, Law and Society Series, Rutgers University, March 25, 2011

Political Science, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, February 8, 2011

Works-in-Progress Series: Political Theory Colloquium, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, October 22, 2010

Political Science, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, October 14, 2010

Jefferson Society, University of Virginia, September 24, 2010

American Political Science Conference, Washington, DC, September, 2010

Political Science, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, April 14, 2010

Affect, Imagination, and Democratic Values Conference, University of Virginia, April, 2010

 

“Pragmatism and Democratic Faith,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Conference, Arlington, VA, October, 2009

 

“The Fact of Sacrifice and Necessity of Faith: Dewey, Maine, and the Ethics of Democracy”

American Studies Conference, Washington, DC, October, 2009

Political Science, Works-in-Progress Colloquia, MIT, Cambridge, MA, March 5, 2009

Political Science, William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, April 3, 2009

University of Virginia, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, Charlottesville, VA, April

10, 2009

Philosophy, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, April 30, 2009

 

“The Limits of Sympathy:  Grisham, Du Bois, Tocqueville and the Habits of Race Prejudice,” Association for Political Theory Conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, October, 2008

 

“Two Iterations on a Theme:  Sympathy and Race,” American Philosophies Forum, “Words, Bodies, War,” Nashville, TN, April, 2008

 

“Dewey, Pluralism, and Democracy:  A Response to Robert Talisse,” Pacific American Philosophical Association Meeting, Pasadena, CA, March, 2008

 

“Democracy, Elites, and Power:  Dewey Reconsidered,” American Political Science Conference, Philadelphia, PA, September, 2006

 

“Dewey’s Neo-Aristotelianism,” Political Theory Workshop, Yale University, New Haven, CT, December, 2005

 

“Faith and Democratic Piety,” Political Theory Workshop, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, October, 2005

 

“Rorty, Strauss, and Irony,” Northeastern Political Science Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November, 2003

 

“Liberalism and Identity: A Pragmatic Defense of Racial Solidarity,” New School University Conference, “Crisis and Opportunity: Rethinking the Political,” New York, NY, May, 2002

 

“Dewey, Democracy, and the Fragility of Deliberation,” American Political Science Conference, San Francisco, CA, September, 2001

 

AUTHOR MEETS CRITICS

The Undiscovered Dewey and William James on Ethics and Faith (by Michael Slater)

Participants:  John Stuhr, Stuart Rosenbaum, Randy Friedman

American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, October, 2010

 

The Undiscovered Dewey

Participants:  Rogers Smith, Jim Johnson, Robert Peppermen Taylor, Eric MacGilvray

Annual Canadian Political Science Conference, Montreal, Canada, June, 2010

PANELS & CONFERENCES ORGANIZED

Race and the Imagination in African American Political Thought, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, May, 2017

Participants: Jack Turner, Yogita Goyal, Brandon Terry, Douglas Jones, Laura Grattan, Deva Woodly (New School), John Drabinski, Christopher Lebron, and Neil Roberts

 

African American Political Thought: Past and Present, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, May 14-17, 2015: http://polisci.ucla.edu/content/african-american-political-thought-past-and-present

Participants: Robert Gooding-Williams; Sharon Krause; Michael Rudolph West; Paul Taylor; Leonard Harris; Farah Griffin; Jason Frank; Tommie Shelby; George Shulman; Brandon Terry

 

Political Theory and Aesthetics, Western Political Science Conference, Hollywood, CA, March, 2013

Participants:  Sharon Krause (Discussant), Jason Frank, Jack Turner, Mark Reinhardt, myself

Panel critically evaluates the return to aesthetics as a site for understanding political development along the dimensions of race, gender, and democratic values

 

Affect, Imagination, and Democratic Values, University of Virginia, April, 2010

Conference co-organized with Professor Stephen White and Lawrie Balfour examining the role of emotions in democratic practice and theory

 

Author Meets Critics: Eddie Glaude’s In A Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America,

American Political Science Conference, Boston, MA, August, 2008

Participants:  Robert Westbrook, Cathy Cohen, Lawrie Balfour, Cornel West

 

“Dewey and Democracy,” American Political Science Conference, Philadelphia, PA, August, 2006

Participants: Eric MacGilvray (Chair) and James Bohman (Discussant); Michael Callaghan, Jason Konoski, Robert Talisse, myself

Panel revaluates the contribution by John Dewey to contemporary political philosophy

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Safra Center Ethics Fellowship, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2015-2016: Declined

 

Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts College Fellowship: Visiting Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College, 2010-11

 

Sesquicentennial Fellowship, University of Virginia, Fall 2010-11 (42K)

University of Virginia Summer Grant, Summer, 2008, 2009

 

Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts College Fellowship: Scholar-In-Residence, Carleton College, 2005-2007

John F. Enders Fellowship, Yale University, Summer, 2005

 

Yale University Dissertation Fellowship, 2004-2005

Amherst College Memorial Fellowship, 2001-2002; 2003-2004

Ford Predoctoral Fellowship, 1999-2002

Keasbey Memorial Foundation Scholarship, Cambridge, Selwyn College, 1999-2000

 

Ralph J. Bunche Fellowship, University of Virginia, Summer, 1998

 

DISSERTATION COMMITTEES

Mark Fagino, “The Meanings and Values of Race: Pluralism and Social Melioration” (Emory, 2013); Joshua Zaslow, “Epistemic Defense of Democracy” (McMaster University, 2013); Justin Rose, “The Drum Major Instinct: Martin Luther King Jr’s Theory of Democratic Service” (UVA, 2014); Katharine Schweitzer, “Principled Compromise in Theorizing about Justice” (Emory, 2014); Anuja Bose, “Frantz Fanon and the Politics of Solidarity: Envisioning Other Anti-Colonial Nationalism,” (UCLA, in progress)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Referee: American Political Thought (13; 16); Oxford University Press (15); Rowman and Littlefield (14); Cambridge University Press (13); Du Bois Review (13); Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy (07; 08; 09; 12); Polity (12); The Good Society (11); Columbia University Press (10); European Journal of Political Theory (10); Political Science Quarterly (10); American Political Science Review (09); Journal of Politics (09); Political Studies (09); Journal of Speculative Philosophy (09); Philosophy & Rhetoric (08); Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory (07)

 

Professor Organization Membership: American Political Science Association; Member: Foundations of Political Thought Committee (2013-2016); Co-Chair: Political Thought and Philosophy Section Organizer (2014-2015); Western Political Science Association

 

Book Review Editor, Political Theory

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE

UCLA and Departments of African American Studies and Political Science

    Member: Executive Committee, Department of Political Science, 2015-2017

Faculty Coordinator: Political Theory Workshop, Department of Political Science, 2015-

2017

Member: Admissions Committee, Department of African American Studies, 2015-2016

Member: University of California President’s Faculty Fellowship Committee, 2015-2016

Member: Interim Governance Committee, Department of African American Studies, 2015

Member: Executive Committee, Department of African American Studies, 2014-2016

Member: Admissions Committee, Department of Political Science, 2014-2015

Member: Peer Review Committee on Teaching, Department of Political Science, 2014-2015

 

Emory University and Department of Philosophy

Member: Department Graduate Studies Committee, 2013-2014

Member: Laney Graduate School Appointments Committee, 2013-2014

Member: Department Colloquium Committee, 2012-2014

Member: Law, Ethics, and Society Search Committee, 2012-2013

 

University of Virginia and Department of Politics

Member: Dean Ad-Hoc Department Chair Search Committee, Fall, 2009

Faculty Coordinator: Political Theory Colloquium, 2008-2010 (Managing 15K Operating

Budget)

Member: Carter G. Woodson Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Committee, 2008-2009

Member: Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Department of Politics, 2007-2010

Member: African-American Studies Curriculum Committee, Carter G. Woodson Institute:

2007-2010