• Director, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives
  • Associate Professor, Philosophy
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Dr. Omar Rivera is an associate professor of philosophy and director of the Office of Diversity Accountability, Climate, Equity and Scholarship (ACES) Faculty Fellows Program. He serves as director of Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences. He holds respective B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in liberal arts and philosophy. Dr. Rivera joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2020 as a member of the Department of Philosophy, where he specializes in Latin American political philosophy, aesthetics and phenomenology. He has written two books, Delimitations of Latin American Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2019) and Andean Aesthetics and Anticolonial Resistance (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021). Dr. Rivera grew up in Lima, Peru, and was trained in philosophy in the United States and Germany. He was a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Scholar at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Prior to coming to Texas A&M, Dr. Rivera split time between Cusco, Peru, and Austin, Texas, as a research faculty member with the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin supported by a 2018-2019 American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. , The Pennsylvania State University, 2007

Research Interests

    • Latin American Philosophy (Pre-Columbian to 21st Century, including Latin American Marxisms)
    • Latinx Philosophy
    • 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy (especially Phenomenology and Hermeneutics)
    • Decolonial Philosophy (Epistemology, Race Theory, Feminist Theory)
    • Aesthetics (including Latin American and Latinx Art)
    • Ancient Greek Philosophy