Damion Scott is a Lecturer in both the Department of Africana Studies at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York and in the Department of Philosophy at the City College of New York, CUNY. He is also a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Prior, Scott studied philosophy at New York University and at Birkbeck College, University of London. In addition to his current graduate research at Stony Brook University, Scott is pursuing a masters degree in African American Studies at Columbia University.
His research interests converge on the borders of Africana Philosophy, African-American Political and Artistic History, Analytical Philosophy, Phenomenology and Pragmatism. He writes on topics in ontology, aesthetics and the history and geography of ideas. His work in the ontology of personhood touches on the conceptual logic and phenomenology of subjectivity, race, ethnicity, humanism and transhumanism. In Aesthetics, he explores the value of art arising out of social and political oppression with particular attention to the aesthetics of Black Futurism, especially in science fictional film and electronic music. In African-American History and Political Theory, Scott draws inspiration from Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglas, Samuel Delany, DuBois, Garvey, Malcolm X, Howard McGary, K. Anthony Appiah, Naomi Zack, Charles Mills, Lewis Gordon and Harvey Cormier.
Scott is a ‘first generation’ Jamaican-American. Born in the Bronx, New York, he was raised in Kingston, Jamaica and several states in the USA, both North and South. Scott has lived Jamaica for three years, in the United Kingdom for three years, in China and Taiwan for a several months, and in Japan for five years.