Charles Mills
Position: Distinguished Professor, Philosophy
Program: Philosophy
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto
Research Interests: Social and political philosophy, Africana philosophy, critical philosophy of race, ethics
Charles W. Mills is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He works in the general area of social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race. He is the author of over a hundred journal articles, book chapters, comments and replies, and six books. His first book, The Racial Contract (Cornell UP, 1997), won a Myers Outstanding Book Award for the study of bigotry and human rights in America. It has been translated into Korean and Turkish. His second book, Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race (Cornell UP, 1998), was a finalist for the award for the most important North American work in social philosophy of that year.

Other books are: From Class to Race: Essays in White Marxism and Black Radicalism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), Contract and Domination (co-authored with Carole Pateman) (Polity, 2007), which brings the sexual and racial contracts together, and Radical Theory, Caribbean Reality (University of the West Indies Press, 2010). His most recent book is Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism (Oxford UP, 2017). Mills has also co-edited the following: Philosophy: The Big Questions (Blackwell, 2003) with Ruth Sample and James Sterba; a special issue of the Du Bois Review on "Race in a 'Postracial' Epoch" (Spring 2014) with Robert Gooding-Williams; and Simianization: Apes, Gender, Class and Race (LIT Verlag, 2015) with Wulf D. Hund and Silvia Sebastiani.

Mills received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and previously taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University. He was the President of the American Philosophical Association Central Division for 2017-18. In 2017, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Philosophical Association
  • American Political Science Association

Courses Taught
  • Africana Philosophy
  • Contractarianism and Its Critics
  • Marx and Marxism
  • Critical Philosophy of Race
  • The Philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Rawls, Race, and Gender (with Sibyl Schwarzenbach)
  • Corrective Justice
  • "Theorizing Racial Justice," forthcoming (2022) in The Tanner Lectures on Human Values (Salt Lake City, UT: The University of Utah Press)
  • "Dialogues in Black and White," forthcoming (2022) in Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach, ed., Deparochializing Political Theory (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press)
  • "Dark Mores: Some Comments on Tommie Shelby's Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform," forthcoming (2021) in Criminal Law and Philosophy
  • "Theorizing White Racial Domination and Racial Justice: A Reply to Christopher Lebron," forthcoming (2021) in Journal of Social Philosophy, Special Issue: Racial Justice, ed. Luvell Anderson and Yolonda Wilson
  • "The 'White' Problem: American Sociology and Epistemic Injustice," forthcoming (2021) in Jennifer Lackey and Lauren Leydon-Hardy, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Applied Epistemology (New York: Oxford University Press)
  • "The Illumination of Blackness," forthcoming (2021) in Moon-Kie Jung and Joao Costa Vargas, eds., Antiblackness (Durham, NC: Duke University Press)
  • "Locke on Slavery," forthcoming (2021) in Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg, eds., The Lockean Mind (New York: Routledge)
  • "The Chronopolitics of Racial Time," Time & Society, Special Issue: The Social Life of Time, 29, no. 2 (May 2020):  297-317
  • "The Racial State," in John Solomos, ed., Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Racisms (New York: Routledge, 2020), pp. 99-109
  • "Through a Glass, Whitely: Ideal Theory as Epistemic Injustice," Central Division Presidential Address, Proceedings of The American Philosophical Association 92 (Nov. 2018): 43-77