Myisha Cherry

Faculty Title

Assistant Professor

Contact Info
HMNSS 3304
Personal Website




B.A., Morgan State University
Masters of Divinity, Howard University
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Areas of Interest

Moral Psychology
Africana Philosophy
Philosophy of Race
Social and Political Philosophy


Myisha Cherry’s research interest lies at the intersection of moral psychology and political philosophy. Currently, she is doing work on anger, empathy, and forgiveness and how they intersect with issues of race and gender. In addition to her academic work, she has written publicly about political emotions, race, and justice for the Los Angeles Times, Salon, New Philosopher, and the Huffington Post. Cherry is also the host of the UnMute Podcast, a podcast where she interviews philosophers about the social and political issues of our day. She holds a BA in philosophy from Morgan State University, a Masters of Divinity from Howard University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Illinois, Chicago. In 2016-17, Cherry was a Visiting Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University. In Fall 2017, she was an Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow (formerly the Research on Women and Girls of Color Fellow) at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is also a former Santayana Fellow in the Department of Philosophy and Associate in the African and African American Studies department at Harvard University.


‘The Moral Psychology of Anger’ co-edited with Owen Flanagan (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018) 

“Unmuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Selected Articles

“State Racism, State Violence, and Vulnerable Solidarity” in Naomi Zack (ed) Oxford University Press Handbook of Philosophy and Race. 2017.

“What an [En]tangled Web We Weave: Emotions, Motivation, and Rethinking Us and the “Other”. Book Symposium on Lori Gruen’s “Entangled Empathy.” Hypatia. 2017. doi:10.1111/hypa.12325

“Forgiveness, Exemplars and the Oppressed”. in Kathryn Norlock’s (ed) The Moral Psychology of Forgiveness. Rowman and Littlefield. 2017.

“The Color and Content of Their Fears: A Brief Analysis of Police Brutality”. Radical Philosophy Review. Book Symposium on Naomi Zack’s “White Privilege and Black Rights”. Volume 19, Issue 3, 2016.

“What is the State of Blacks in Philosophy?”with Botts,Tina F.; Bright, Liam K.;Mallarangeng,Guntur & Spencer, Quayshawn (2014). Critical Philosophy ofRace 2 (2):224-242.