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Roberto Sirvent

Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics
  • Expertise


    Roberto Sirvent joins Pomona College as visiting assistant professor of politics. He is currently professor of political and social ethics at Hope International University in Fullerton, CA, where he serves as chair of the social science department. Sirvent is an affiliate scholar at Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, where he directs the “Race, Bioethics, and Public Health” project. He has also lectured and taught seminars at Yale’s Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics since 2014. He has held appointments as a visiting scholar at Yale University, Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Copenhagen.

    Sirvent is the co-author (with Danny Haiphong) of American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror (Skyhorse Publishing, 2019). He has also published in the fields of decolonial thought, sports and U.S. militarism, and Latin American liberation theology.  Sirvent’s current research explores the intersection of Black anarchism, abolitionist ethics and mutual aid. He is also working on a book project tentatively titled Bioethics and Black Suffering.

    Sirvent has served as guest editor of the American Philosophical Association’s Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy and managing editor of Perspectivas: The Journal of the Hispanic Theological Initiative. He is a contributing editor of the Black Agenda Report.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Law and Social Movements
    • U.S. Imperialism
    • Slavery and Historical Memory
    • Decolonial Ethics and Epistemologies
    • Philosophies of Race and Racism
    • Cultural Politics of Sports
    • Theories of Resistance
    • Bioethics
    • Political Theologies
  • Work


    Selected Publications


    American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. Book co-authored with Danny Haiphong (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2019).

    Kierkegaard and Political Theology. Book co-edited with Silas Morgan (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2018).

    Edited Journals

    “Spirituality and Abolition,” Special Issue of Abolition – a Journal of Insurgent Politics, co-edited with Ashon Crawley, forthcoming.

    “Sport and Failure,” Special Issue of the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, co-edited with Samantha N. Sheppard, 2019.

    “Disability and the Decolonial Turn,” Special Issue of Disability and the Global South, co-edited with Amy Reed-Sandoval, 2019.

    “Navigating the Personal, Political, and Postcolonial,” Special Issue of the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Vol. 15, no. 2, Spring 2016.

    Book Chapters and Journal Articles

    “The Revolutionary as Prophet: Imagining New Futures, Theorizing ‘What Could Have Been,’ and Rejecting the Ways of the World,” co-authored with Andrea Smith, in David True, ed., Prophecy in a Secular Age (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, forthcoming).

    “The Invention of Religion and Fanaticism,” co-authored with Duncan Reyburn, in Arthur Remillard and Rebecca Alpert, eds., Gods, Games, and Globalization: New Perspectives on Religion and Sports (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2019).

    “Uniforms, Unanimity, and the Pursuit of False Transcendence: Reading Militarism and Sport Through Mimetic Realism,” co-authored with Duncan Reyburn, in Michael Butterworth, ed., Sport and Militarism: Contemporary Global Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2018).

    “Collisions, Coloniality, and Learning How to Play: An Interview with Maria Lugones,” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Vol. 15, no. 2, Spring 2016.

    “Niebuhrian Realism in Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope,” co-authored with Neil Baker, in Henry Veggian and Richard Purcell, eds., Barack Obama’s Literary Legacy: Readings of Dreams from My Father, (New York: Palgrave, 2016).

    "The Problem With Wise Old Fish: An Analysis of Rhetorical Strategy in David Foster Wallace's Kenyon College Commencement Address" (with Neil Baker). Special Issue: Phenomenology and Education. Ed. Elias Schwieler. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 14.2 (2014): n. pag.

    “GOP Almighty: When God Tells Me (and My Opponents) to Run for President,” co-authored with Neil Baker, in Jason Holt, ed., The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

  • Education


    Ph.D., London School of Theology

    J.D., University of Maryland School of Law

    M.A., Johns Hopkins University

    B.A., Hope International University

  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Visiting Scholar, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2015

    Visiting Research Fellow, Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen, 2015

    Visiting Scholar, Yale University-Hastings Center, 2014

    Visiting Research Fellow, Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College, 2014

    Rose B. and Edgar B. McReynolds Faculty Excellence Award, Hope International University, 2011

    Legal Intern, Office of U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Washington, DC, 2008

    Teaching Fellow, University of Maryland School of Law, 2006-2008