About

I earned my Ph. D. in philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta in 2020. My area of research and teaching specialization is nineteenth-century philosophy and social and political theory. I am also interested in the areas of philosophy of nature, continental philosophy, metaphysics, Latinx philosophy, and the history of philosophy.

I was born in El Paso, Texas, but grew up across the border in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. After my family emigrated to the U.S. when I turned fifteen, I spent my early adult years in Denver, Colorado. In 2012, I received B.A.’s in philosophy, history, and political science from the University of Colorado Denver. At UCD’s pluralistic philosophy department, I was trained in the history of philosophy, analytic philosophy, and continental thought. My interdisciplinary training exposed me early on to a variety of research and teaching methodologies.

At Emory, owing to its commitment to the liberal arts, I built a foundation in the history of philosophy as well as contemporary areas of inquiry, such as metaphysics, decolonial philosophy, and philosophy of nature. My training has been interdisciplinary and intersectional thanks to the close affiliation between the Philosophy Department and other graduate programs. During my years at Emory, I have fostered a relationship with the Institute for the Liberal Arts, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, and the Comparative Literature Department.

National Palace, Mexico City

I have been supported in my research by generous fellowships and a vibrant intellectual community. In 2013, I was awarded Laney Graduate School’s Diversity Fellowship. In 2016, I was selected to be a research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, and a year later, I received a DAAD grant for German language training in Freiburg, Germany. Furthermore, In 2018 I was selected to partake in a year-long faculty-graduate student seminar on decolonial philosophy supported by Emory’s Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Seeking to care for my intellectual community, I am a founding member of Emory’s Minorities and Philosophy chapter. MAP advocates for the success of underrepresented minorities in graduate school and promotes diversity and pluralism in syllabi and classrooms.

My research interests are informed by my experience as a first-generation immigrant, especially my “border-town” childhood. Growing up accustomed to the crisis-prone, sometimes tumultuous circumstances inherent to border-town life provoked me to think carefully about “decadence” as philosophical question. In fact, it was my older brother, who during our childhood in Mexico asked a question that still motivates my intellectual interests to this day: “we seem to jump from one crisis to another, when was that time before all crises?” I became interested in what metaphysical frame would consider decay, decline, and decadence, all Latin variants of “falling apart,” as a unique phenomenon featured in the breakdown of theoretical and institutional authority and the degradation of natural ecosystems. Out my own experience, I was drawn towards German idealism, a philosophy with roots in the fragmented life of the 1800s and built to grapple with collapse, stagnation, and the character of normative authority.

Besides theory, I enjoy photography, vinyl records, plant potting, and indie and folk music, in particular the Spanish singer-songwriter Nacho Vegas. In terms of literature, I especially like the work of Mexican writer Juan Rulfo. I love French cheeses and virtually any and all pastries.

For any questions, feel free to write me at omar.quinonez@emory.edu.