What drew you to Georgetown University?
My academic interests stem from my political and social commitments to underprivileged communities. Therefore, I sought to attend a doctoral program that produces knowledge that serves to improve the lives of those communities and could support my dedication to doing the same. As I weighed between philosophy Ph.D. programs that accepted me, I could not ignore the genuine open-mindedness that the professors at Georgetown had towards my research interests. I was also attracted to the fact that they were actively working towards changing the dynamics of their department as they had recently hired faculty of color who have strong political and social groundings in their research as well. What ultimately solidified my decision to attend Georgetown was the advice I got from one of their former Ph.D. students, Dr. Francisco Gallegos. By sharing his experiences with the program, he convinced me that Georgetown is a place that would challenge me as a student and that living in DC could help me flourish as a person who wants to keep community at the forefront of my philosophical interests.
Dr. Angela Davis || Dr. Maria Lugones
What do you intend to study in graduate school?
At Georgetown University, I intend to focus on learning more about phenomenology, Indigenous philosophy, feminist philosophy, and the political philosophy of the Black radical tradition. Eventually, I hope to extrapolate what I learn in those types of classes onto my interests in decolonial philosophy from a Latina feminist perspective. As I keep learning, my ultimate goal is to address questions I have had in mind in these last couple of years regarding how to existentially and politically approach the State’s neocolonial violence. However, as specific as my academic interests may be at the moment, I want to remain open-minded to the subjects of philosophy I did not get to explore as thoroughly as I wanted to as an undergraduate, including philosophy of language.