Tina Fernandes Botts
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Philosophy of Race
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Tina Fernandes Botts is an American legal scholar and philosophy professor currently teaching at the San Joaquin College of Law.  She is known for her work in legal hermeneutics, intersectionality, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of race (particularly mixed-race theory). Previous posts include Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College; Visiting Professor of Law at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fresno; Visiting Assistant Professor of philosophy at Oberlin College; Fellow in Law and Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and Faculty Associate and Area Leader in Public Policy and Diversity, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is the former chair of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on the Status of Black Philosophers (2013-2016).
Education and career
Botts earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis under the supervision of Thomas Nenon, her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law, and her B.A. in philosophy with a minor in physics from the University of Maryland at College Park. Her scholarship is inter-traditional (analytic, continental) interdisciplinary (philosophy, law), and grounded in the history of philosophy. During her brief time at Oberlin, she was one of several professors that the ABUSUA group demanded placement on the tenure track at Oberlin as part of their list of demands (https://silo.tips/download/oberlin-colleges-abusua-black-student-union-institutional-d).
Botts' research areas are constitutional law, philosophy of law (including critical race theory), philosophical hermeneutics, philosophy of race, feminist philosophy, ethical theory, and applied ethics. Her scholarship centers on the reexamination of laws and other paradigms (ethical, social, political, metaphysical, and epistemological) from the vantage point of the marginalized and oppressed, particularly racialized minority groups. Where a given paradigm is found lacking, Botts advocates alternative approaches or paradigm shifts designed to more fully respect these populations. The suggested paradigm shifts are grounded in insights obtained from philosophical hermeneutics, critical legal theory, and general themes in metaphysics and epistemology as found in the history of philosophy. Key to Botts' research is the hermeneutical insight that there is an intimate connection between what we take things to be (e.g., a race) and what we take things to mean (e.g., a law), and that both are heavily influenced by context, history, social forces, and the identity of the knower and/or the perceiver of reality.
Awards, fellowships and courtesy appointments
- 2021-22: Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
- 2015–16: Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Colleges Postdoctoral Fellow, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
- 2014–15: Fellow in Law and Philosophy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
- 2009–10: Dissertation Teaching Fellow in Law and Philosophy, Arkansas State University
- 2009–10: Provost's Doctoral Fellow, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
- 1992–93: Legal Fellow, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Washington, DC
- 1991–92: C. Clyde Ferguson Full Tuition Scholarship, Rutgers School of Law, Camden, NJ
- For Equals Only: Race, Equality, and the Equal Protection Clause, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. ISBN 9781498501231
- "Legal Hermeneutics," Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2015. ISSN 2161-0002
- Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience, Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. ISBN 9781498509428
- "Antidiscrimination Law and the Multiracial Experience: A Reply to Nancy Leong" 10 Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal 191, Summer 2013.
- "Hermeneutics, Race, and Gender" in The Routledge Companion to Philosophical Hermeneutics, Jeff Malpas and Hans-Helmuth Gander, eds., London: Taylor and Francis (2014).
- Feminist Thought. 5th Edition, co-authored with Rosemarie Tong, Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0813349954
- "Home". tinafernandesbotts.com.
- The Hermeneutics of Equal Protection Analysis, ISBN 978-1244753310, http://gradworks.umi.com/34/76/3476376.html
- "Mixed Race Studies » Search Results » tina botts".
- "Faculty | Philosophy | University of Michigan". Lsa.umich.edu. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
- "Welcome to Philosophy at UNC Charlotte | Department of Philosophy | UNC Charlotte". Philosophy.uncc.edu. 2014-04-23. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
- "philosophy :: Welcome :: University of Memphis". Memphis.edu. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
- "camlaw.rutgers.edu". camlaw.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
- "About | Department of Philosophy". Philosophy.umd.edu. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
- Botts, Tina (1970-01-01). "Tina Botts | University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - Academia.edu". Ii-umich.academia.edu. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
- "Legal Hermeneutics". Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- "Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal (HRPLJ) - UCHastings". Uchastings.edu. Archived from the original on 2014-07-25. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
- ""Antidiscrimination Law and the Multiracial Experience: A Reply to Nanc" by Tina F. Botts J.D., Ph.D". Works.bepress.com. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2014-08-01.