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Kwame Anthony Appiah, British Philosophy educator. Recipient Greene Cup for General Learning, Clare College, 1975; named Morse Fellow, Yale University, 1983, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow National Humanities Centers, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 1990. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science; member Modern Language Association, African Literature Association, American Phil. Association, Council Foreign Rels.


Appiah, Kwame Anthony was born on May 8, 1954 in London. Son of Joseph Emmanuel and Peggy (Cripps) Appiah. came to the United States, 1981.


Bachelor in Philosophy with honors, Cambridge University, 1975. Master of Arts, Cambridge University, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Cambridge University, 1982.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Richmond, 2000. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Colgate University, 2003. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Bard College, 2004.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2006. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Swarthmore College, 2006.


Teaching assistant University Ghana, Accra, Ghana, 1975-1976. Tutor Sussex University, Brighton, England, 1977. Research fellow Clare College, Cambridge, 1979-1981.

Assistant professor Yale University, New Haven, 1981-1985, associate professor, 1985-1986, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1986-1989, 89. Professor philosophy Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1990-1991. Professor Afro-American studies and philosophy Harvard University, Cambridge, 1991—1999, Charles H. Carswell professor Afro-American studies and Philosophy, 1999—2002.

Laurance S. Rockefeller university professor philosophy Princeton University, since 2002. Visiting fellow Yale College, 1979, Clare College, 1983-1984, director studies in philosophy, 1980. Commissioner Howard University Press, Washington, 1988.

Member Joint Committee on African Studies, New York City, 1987-1994. Supervising committee English Institute, Boston, 1990-1994, trustee, since 1995. Board member W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Harvard University, 1991-2002, faculty education, 1997-2002.

Advisory council member Green Center, University Texas, Dallas, 1998-2002. Professor African American studies Princeton University, since 2002, professor comparative literature, since 2005, professor politics, since 2006. Non-fiction juror Pulitzer Prize, 2004.



Volunteer Martin Luther King Junior After-School Program. Board trustees Facing History, since 1993. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Member American Academy of Arts and Letters, Modern Language Association (member executive council 2003-2006), Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (chair freedom to write committee 1996-2003), African Literature Association, African Studies Association, American Philosophical Society (vice president eastern division 2006, president eastern division 2007, chairman board officers 2008), American Academy Berlin (board directors 2005-2006), American Academy Religion, American Council Learned Societies (board directors since 2004, board chairman since 2005), Council Foreign Relations, Aristotelian Society, Society African Philosophy in North America (founding member, president 1991-1994).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: writing and reading mystery novels.


Joseph Emmanuel Appiah

Peggy (Cripps) Appiah