Dwayne Tunstall

Associate Professor

Office:  B-3 211 Mackinac Hall; Allendale Campus 


Phone: (616) 331-3415 (voicemail)

Fax: (616) 331-2601



Dr. Dwayne A. Tunstall is associate professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Tunstall holds an Associate of Arts and Sciences from Rappahannock Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Christopher Newport University, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a doctorate in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His areas of specialty are African American philosophy, classical American philosophy (especially Josiah Royce), and existentialism (both European and Africana traditions). Tunstall’s research explores how African American philosophy, existential phenomenology, and classical American philosophy can complement one another when thinking about issues of personal identity, race, and the legacy of Western modernity in the United States. His research has led him to write two books: Yes, But Not Quite: Encountering Josiah Royce’s Ethico-Religious Insight (Fordham University Press, 2009 [hardcover]; 2014 [paperback]) and Doing Philosophy Personally: Thinking about Metaphysics, Theism, and Antiblack Racism (Fordham University Press, 2013).

Dr. Tunstall’s interest in poststructuralism and postcolonial theory led him to co-edit of a volume on Orientalist Writers for The Dictionary of Literary Biography with his colleague and friend, Dr. Coeli Fitzpatrick. Their selection of Orientalist writers to be featured in this volume has been influenced by Edward Said's Orientalism. However, they admit that Said’s genealogy of Orientalism excludes entire traditions of Orientalist writings and scholarship (e.g., 19th century Nordic Orientalism and German Orientalism). Accordingly, they included some entries on these excluded Orientalist traditions in their volume.

Dr. Tunstall has published over twenty journal articles and book chapters, as well as over ten book reviews, several encyclopedia articles, and one translation (co-translated with Randall E. Auxier). These publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including Contemporary Pragmatism, C. L. R. James Journal, Marcel Studies, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Philosophy Today, The Pluralist, and Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. In addition to his publications, he has presented over fifty conference presentations and public lectures. His latest research project is a book-length manuscript on how William H. Ferris’s idealism, Alain Locke’s philosophy of race, and the post-black art movement provide us with a more nuanced and multiethnic conception of Black identity than the Anglo-American conception of Black identity.

Dr. Tunstall is currently the secretary of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy and an executive board member on the Executive Board of Philosophy Born of Struggle. He is also the non-Peirce editor of Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society and a co-editor of the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience. He serves on the editorial boards for The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence, Dewey Studies, and Marcel Studies.

Professor Dwayne Tunstall's CV


Doing Philosophy Personally: Thinking about Metaphysics, Theism, and Antiblack Racism

Yes, But Not Quite

Dictionary of Literary Biography