Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr., is a professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, where he has also served as director of the African American Studies Program (2000-2003) and associate provost for undergraduate education (2003-2011). Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2000, Outlaw was the T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College where he had been a member of the faculty since 1980. Prior to joining the faculty at Haverford, Outlaw was a faculty member at his alma mater Fisk University (1970-1976), and subsequently at Morgan State University (1977-1980).
His teaching and scholarly interests include race in socio-political life, in the United States in particular, and in legacies and practices of European and Euro-American philosophy; social and political philosophy; Africana philosophy (African; African American, for example, Martin Delany, W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, among others); and American philosophy.
Professor Outlaw's Athenaeum presentation is part of the Race and Law Enforcement in America series.