James Haile III

  • Associate Professor, Advisor
  • Philosophy: Swan 149
  • Email: james_haile@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Dept of Philosophy
    Swan Hall
    Kingston, RI 02881


Dr. Haile’s research and teaching interests intersect recent Continental philosophy (especially Aesthetics), Philosophy and/of Literature, Philosophy of Place, Africana Philosophy, and Philosophy and/of Race. Specifically, he is interested in the intersection of 20th century American and African America Literature and Existentialism. He is the recipient of the 2022 College of Arts and Sciences Research Excellence Award.


Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison (esp their writings on place and nature), Jean-Paul Sartre (esp his writings on jazz), James Baldwin (esp his writings on language and religion), black aesthetics (esp contemporary genre aesthetics of hip hop).


  • Ph.D. Duquesne University, 2014
  • M.A. University of Memphis, 2008
  • B.A. Morehouse College, 2002

Selected Publications

Philosophical Meditations on Richard Wright (Lexington Press)

Thinking through Baldwin, edited collection (forthcoming)

“Afro-‘American’ Writing: Motifs of Place” (published in Philosophizing the Americas: An Inter-American Discourse (Fordham University Press)

Richard Wright: The ‘Nature’ of Politics, The ‘Politics’ of Nature (published in A Political Companion to Richard Wright, University of Kentucky Press)