Dwayne Tunstall


Office:  B-3 211 Mackinac Hall; Allendale Campus 


Phone: (616) 331-3415 (voicemail)

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Dr. Dwayne A. Tunstall is professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University. His areas of specialty are African American philosophy, classical American philosophy (especially Josiah Royce), and existentialism (both European and Africana traditions). His research interests include moral philosophy, phenomenology, philosophy of religion, and social and political philosophy. 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). He also co-edited a volume on Orientalist Writers for The Dictionary of Literary Biography with his colleague and friend, Dr. Coeli Fitzpatrick.


Dr. Tunstall has published over twenty journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including diversity in education, idealism, race and racial identity, religion, and social philosophy. He has given presentations on these topics at professional conferences, colloquia, and public lectures. He is currently the secretary of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy and Executive Director of Philosophy Born of Struggle. He is also an editor of the Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society and 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