Myisha Cherry

Myisha Cherry

Biography

Doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Can you Find it in your Heart to Forgive?: Race, Forgiveness Requests, & Superficial Repair
Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow
Fall 2017

 
Myisha Cherry is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interest lies at the intersection of moral psychology and social and political philosophy. Her dissertation looks at the rhetoric of forgiveness aimed at black victims of anti-black racism and attempts to provide an account of racialized forgiveness requests. Cherry is a former faculty associate at John Jay College Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics. She is also a former lecturer at the City University of New York, St. Johns University, and Long Island University, where she taught courses in moral philosophy and ethics and law. She has written publicly about race political emotions, and justice for the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Huffington Post and is currently co-editing 'The Moral Psychology of Anger', under contract with Rowman and Littlefield. She holds a BA in philosophy from Morgan State University and a Masters of Divinity from Howard University. In 2016-17, Cherry was a Visiting Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellow in Ethics and a Santayana Fellow in the Harvard Department of Philosophy. In July 2018, Cherry will join the philosophy department at the University of California, Riverside as an assistant professor.

Project Description

Can you Find it in your Heart to Forgive?: Race, Forgiveness Requests, & Superficial Repair

To provide a comprehensive account of racialized forgiveness requests and an argument for how such requests reify a racial hierarchy and are uniquely counterproductive to the aims of forgiveness. I will also provide considerations for citizens in responding to victims of anti-black racism that doesn't over burden victims or put too much confidence in certain speech acts. 


Fall 2017: Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow


 

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