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Ronald Sundstrom


Program Director
Full-Time Faculty


Ronald R. Sundstrom is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco. He is also a member of USF’s African American Studies program and teaches for the university’s Honors College. He is the Humanities Advisor for the SF Urban Film Festival and a co-convener of the Black Philosophy Consortium; additionally, he is involved with academic organizations seeking to build bridges between academic philosophy and public policy, such as the Public Philosophy Network, the North American Society for Social Philosophy, and the Philosophy of the City Research Group. His areas of research include philosophy of race, mixed-race identity and politics, political and social philosophy, justice and ethics in urban policy, and African American and Asian American philosophy. He published several essays and a book in these areas, including The Browning of America and The Evasion of Social Justice (SUNY 2008). His current book project is titled Just Shelter: Integration, Gentrification and Racial Equality (Oxford, forthcoming).


  • Social and political philosophy
  • Philosophy of race and racism
  • African American philosophy
  • Asian American philosophy
  • Urban affairs

Research Areas

  • Political philosophy
  • African American philosophy
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Race and racism


  • USF Provost Search Committee
  • USFFA Policy Board Member
  • Philosophy Department Chair
  • Faculty Director of the Core
  • Philosophy of the City Research Group, Vice-President


  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, PhD in Philosophy, 1999
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth, BA in Philosophy, 1994

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Professor in Philosophy, University of Memphis

Awards & Distinctions

  • USF National Endowment for Humanities Chair, 2020
  • College of Arts and Sciences Full-Time Faculty Service Award, 2017
  • Co-Winner of USF Distinguished Teaching Award, 2010
  • Ignatian Service Award, University of San Francisco, 2009

Selected Publications

  • Just Shelter: Gentrification, Integration, Race & Reconstruction (OUP, forthcoming)
  • The Browning of America & The Evasion of Social Justice (SUNY, 2008).
  • “The Prophetic Tension Between Race Consciousness and the Ideal of Colorblindness,” in To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. eds. Tommie Shelby and Brandon Terry (Harvard UP, 2018): 127–145.
  • “Xenophobia and Racism,” co-authored with David Haekwon Kim, Critical Philosophy of Race, 2:1 (2014): 20-45.
  • “Responsible Mixed-Race Politics,” in Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience, ed. Tina Fernandes Botts (Lexington Books, 2017): 21–55.