Curry from Texas A&M to Edinburgh

Tommy Curry, currently professor of philosophy at Texas A&M University, has accepted a position as professor of Africana philosophy and black-male studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Readers may recall that Professor Curry was the target of death threats and harassment owing to conservative writer Rod Dreher’s misleading presentation in 2017 of remarks Curry made about racial violence in an interview several years prior.

Curry’s change in employment is owed in part to that targeting. He sought to leave Texas A&M based on the university president’s failure to issue a robust defense of Curry’s academic freedom in the wake of the attacks on him. An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education quotes Curry saying, “given the political inclinations of the administrators, they’re not going to protect the black professor.” The Chronicle reports that “Curry also said that while the university police extended him some protections, he didn’t think the threats were being monitored closely enough to make him feel safe.”

Curry works in critical race theory, Africana philosophy, black male studies, and social and political thought. He will be editing a new series on black male studies, and his most recent book is The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood. He will be joining Edinburgh on July 1st, 2019.

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