Cornel West biography and facts

Philosopher from United States of America

Cornel West Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, actor, critic and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. West is a 1973 graduate of Harvard University and received his Ph.D. at Princeton University. He is currently a professor of African American Studies at Princeton and of Religious Philosophy and Christian Studies at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. West is known for his combination of political and moral insight and criticism and his contribution to the post-1960s civil rights movement. The bulk of his work focuses on the role of race, gender, and class in American society and the means by which people act and react to their "radical conditionedness." West draws intellectual contributions from such diverse traditions as the African American Baptist Church, pragmatism and transcendentalism. West was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and grew up in Sacramento, California, where he graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. His father was a general contractor for the Defense Department, and his mother was a teacher and a principal. Irene B. West Elementary School in Elk Grove, California, is named for her. As a  ( Wikipedia )


Personal facts

Known as
Cornell West,West, Cornel,Cornel Ronald West
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Irene B. West
Elleni Gebre Amlak
Clifton West
Author, University Professor, Professor, Actor, Critic, Writer, Philosopher, Pastor


Company Job title From To
Princeton University
Harvard University


Institution From To
John F. Kennedy High School 1966 1970
Princeton University 1980
Harvard University 1973
Princeton University 1975


Year Performance Character
2011 The After Party: The Last Party 3
2011 On the Shoulders of Giants
2010 Stubborn as a Mule!
2009 Stand
2008 Call + Response
1994 Black is... Black Ain't
1968 The Night James Brown Saved Boston

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