• Derrick Darby
  • Derrick Darby
  • Distinguished Professor
  • Henry Rutgers Professor of Philosophy
  • Specialties: Social and Political Philosophy
  • Office: 106 Somerset St - 307





Dr. Derrick Darby is a Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. from Pittsburgh and B. A. from Colgate. He is the founding director of the Rutgers Social Justice Solutions Research Collaboratory and also directs its renowned Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy. He discovered his passion for philosophy growing up in the Queensbridge public housing projects in Long Island City, NY. For the backstory see his TEDx talk, “Doing the Knowledge.” In social and political philosophy, he writes about rights, inequality, education, identity, and democracy. He thinks about how race and racism bear on theoretical, normative and practical philosophical questions. His books include: A Realistic Blacktopia: Why We Must Unite to Fight (Oxford, 2023); The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice with John L. Rury (Chicago, 2018); Rights, Race, and Recognition (Cambridge, 2009); and Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme to Reason with Tommie Shelby (Open Court, 2005). His scholarship has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.