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Julio Covarrubias-Cabeza, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities



Dr. Covarrubias-Cabeza earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy at the University of Washington, Seattle. He also earned his B.A. in philosophy with a certificate in Latin American Studies and another certificate in History and Philosophy of Science from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

Dr. Covarrubias-Cabeza was an Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellow at Marquette University in 2019 and won the 2018 American Philosophical Association Essay Prize in Latin American Thought for the best unpublished essay on Latin American and Latinx philosophy. He also presented a TEDX talk on Latin American philosophy. As far as he can tell, this is the first "TED talk" online that is explicitly on the history of Latin American philosophy.

At the University of Washington, he was an inaugural fellow at the Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities in 2016, and recipient of awards such as the Latinx Scholars Fellowship, the Institute for Ethnic Studies in the United States fellowship, and the Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Dr. Covarrubias-Cabeza's research has focused on questions of race, migration, and indigeneity within a transnational context of American empire. He uses insights from Critical Indigenous Studies, the Black Radical Intellectual Tradition, and Latin American philosophy to address these questions.

Currently, Dr. Covarrubias-Cabeza is developing a series of projects that bridge his past work with questions concerning the epistemic dimensions of racial bias, the affective dimensions of social domination, and the existential dimensions of structural global injustice.

Prior to UHCL, Dr. Covarrubias-Cabeza was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. He also taught a seminar at Marquette University as part of his Mitchem fellowship year. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Latin American and Latino/a/x philosophy
  • ocial and political philosophy
  • Anticolonial philosophy
  • Race & racism in the U.S. and Mexico
  • Social epistemology
  • Applied social philosophy
  • Ethics


  • “An Impossible Return?: The (Anti) Colonialism in/of Black Panther,” in Black Panther and Philosophy: What Can Wakanda Offer the World?, eds. Timothy Brown and Edwardo Perez (John Wiley & Sons, 2022), 221-229.
  • Winner of the APA Essay Prize on Latin American Philosophy: “Letting Go of Mestizaje: Settler Colonialism and Latin American/Latinx Philosophy,” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, 18, no. 2 (2019): 4-8