DANA FRANCISCO MIRANDA
I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Muhlenberg College. Originally from Brockton, Massachusetts I am the proud son of Cabo Verdean immigrants. My work is in political philosophy, Africana philosophy, and 19th century and contemporary European thought. I recently graduated with a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Connecticut-Storrs investigating the philosophical significance of suicide, depression and well-being for members of the African Diaspora. I also proudly serve as Chair of Architectonics for the Caribbean Philosophical Association and am a Junior Research Fellow for the Applied Ethics Center (University of Massachusetts-Boston).
My dissertation explores how one should understand black well-being in a world structured by racism and coloniality. Through a social account of psychiatry or “sociodiagnostics,” this project examines depression and suicide within the Africana diaspora. Employing existential phenomenology, Africana philosophy, and psychiatric models, I argue that Afro-diasporic subjects face systematic un-wellness under “disordered” socio-political arrangements. By accounting for the exogenous causes and lived-experience of people with mental disorders, I then demonstrate how the treatment of depression demands not only psychiatric intervention but also social restructuring.
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
"Within the Shadow of Monuments," Blog of the APA, March 26, 2019.
“Africana Philosophy and Depression,” The APA Blog: Black Issues in Philosophy, November 19, 2018.
“Marx: The Historical Necessity of Slavery & Agriculture,” Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 13:1, 2017.
“Reflections on Tommy Curry: Book Review.” The APA Blog: Black Issues in Philosophy, November 14, 2017.
“The Global South as Natural Scarcity,” Caribbean Philosophical Association: Shifting the Geography of Reason XIV: Shifting the Geography of Reason XVI: Resistance, Reparation, Renewal, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, June 6-8, 2019.
Panel Discussant: “Art, Museums, and Historical Justice,” Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 23, 2019.
Invited Symposium: “The Movement for Black Lives: Leadership and Tactics for Social Change,” American Philosophical Association-Pacific Division, Vancouver, Canada, April 17–21, 2019.
“Well-Being in Disorder,” Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy: Inclusive Communities, Columbus, Ohio, March 14-16, 2019.
“Living Well Under Political Disarrangement,” Caribbean Philosophical Association: Shifting the Geography of Reason: Ways of Knowing, Past and Future, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), Dakar, Senegal, June 19-22, 2018.
“Timber Nigger: The Underside of Being Human,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, University of California-LA, Los Angeles, California, May 17-19, 2018.
“You Lead, I Follow: The Violence of Leadership in Black Lives Matter,” African American Intellectual History Society, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, March 30-31, 2018.
“We Gonna Ill: Addressing Depression in the Africana Diaspora,” Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy, New York, New York, November 19, 2017.
“Humanities in Action: Academic Research and Public Dialogue,” National Humanities Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2-5, 2017.
“The Pursuit and Fugitivity of Freedom,” Caribbean Philosophical Association: Shifting the Geography of Reason XIV: Theorizing Livity, Decolonizing Freedom, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, New York, June 22-24, 2017.
“Theorizing Spatial Dis/appearance as a Middle Passage,” Languages Graduate Student Association: Migration and Displacement in Literatures, Cultures and Languages, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, November 11, 2016.
“The Crisis of Black Appearance,” Philosophy Born of Struggle: Theorizing within Revolt: Black Power, Black Life, & Black Thought— The Role of Africana Philosophy in 21st Century Struggles, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, November 3-5, 2016.
“On Being, Illicit Appearance, and Publics,” Phenomenology Roundtable, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, June 20-21, 2016.
“Approaching Cadavers: Departure in the African(a) Diaspora,” Caribbean Philosophical Association: Shifting the Geography of Reason XIII: Theorizing from Small Places, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, June 16-18, 2016.
“Wretched Spaces: Manichean Divisions in the Arendtian Republic,” Work of Settler Colonialism Symposium, The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, New York, April 2, 2016.
“The Pitfalls of Constitutionalism,” Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference, University of Connecticut Law School, Hartford, Connecticut, April 1-2, 2016.
“Unmoorings: Theorizing Spatial Disappearance as a Middle Passage,” In/Visibility: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, UMass Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, March 11-12, 2016.
“Hierarchies of Foreignness: The Writing of Humanity in the New World,” Urban (De)Coloniality & Literature: Comparative Literature Graduate Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 3, 2016.
“Wretched Spaces: Manichean Divisions in the Arendtian Republic,” Caribbean Philosophical Association: Shifting the Geography of Reason XII: Technologies of Liberation, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, June 18-21, 2015.
“Depression & Suicide in the African Diaspora: An Ethics of Departure,” Transcending Borders and Disciplines: The Global Importance of Transnationalism, UMass Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, March 7, 2015.
“‘Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes’: The Loss on Bunker Hill,” Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites Conference, The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, New York, November 13-14, 2014.
Instructor of Record
PROBLEMS OF PHILOSOPHY
In this course, we will consider philosophy’s oppressive and liberatory contributions to human life. We will do so by looking not only at what philosophy has to say in its reflection, but also in its practice and presentation. In so doing, we will also look at what philosophy has failed to say. We will emphasize traditional canonical philosophy, non-canonical philosophy, including feminist and non-European philosophy.
Spring 2018 - University of Connecticut, Hartford
PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIAL ETHICS
This course offers an introductory examination into the branch of philosophy known as “social ethics.” Although there are countless ethical systems in the world that could be explored, this course will instead focus on the fact that ethics is necessarily an intersubjective or relational concept. One is ethical towards people, towards animals, and towards the world. In taking seriously the primacy of relations when it comes to ethical and unethical relationships, this course will explore one’s responsibility towards others alongside the troubling question of living ethically in unethical times.
Fall 2017 - University of Connecticut, Avery Point
ETHICS IN ACTION PODCAST
Should We Rename Faneuil Hall?
Faneuil Hall, one of Boston's most celebrated public spaces and tourist attractions, is named after Peter Faneuil - an 18th century merchant and slave trader. Nir Eisikovits and UConn's Dana Miranda discuss the debate around renaming Faneuil Hall and place it in the context of the national debate around problematic monuments and memorials - from Charlottesville to Yawkey Way.
THE MOTIVATIONAL JUMPSTART
A Conversation with Dana Miranda
The Motivational Jumpstart is a podcast created for those looking to improve themselves in life and get little closer to success one day at a time. Michael Mallery an inspiring educator, author, and motivational speaker, interviews scholars, experts, and notables on a variety of motivational topics. The Motivational Jumpstart with Michael Mallery is dedicated to influencing minds and inspiring future leaders. This conversation deals with Dana Miranda's philosophical journey and expeirences with depression.