Josef Mendoza

Professor Joseph Mendoza

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice



Office Hours: TBA


My native roots are in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. After earning my bachelor’s degrees, I traveled to Europe and worked on a small island farm south of Bergen, Norway.

My lifelong interests in Environmental Ethics, Healthcare, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Higher Education emerged from those experiences, as well as from employment in hospital administration, and later at the American Stock Exchange in New York City.

I am Latinx philosopher specializing in Value Theory, Philosophy of Action, the History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophies of Race/Ethnicity, Gender & Feminist Thought, and the Philosophy of Higher Education.

‘Diversity and Humanism’ was the first course I designed and taught at Eugene Lang College, when I moved to NYC with my partner, a bilingual Middle School Science Teacher.

When not researching, writing, or teaching, I love to hear live music and venture outdoors, especially to bicycle, hike, fish, and travel to taste the fine foods and drinks of diverse places and cultures.


20th Century European Philosophy (Phenomenology, Critical Theory, Existentialism; Heidegger, Habermas, Foucault, Derrida).

Value Theory – ethics and moral psychology; aesthetics–visual, aural, digital media.

History of Philosophy (Ancient Greek, Roman and late-Moderns; American Pragmatism).

Philosophy of Higher Education.

Philosophy of Action.


Ph.D. Postsecondary and Adult Education, Capella University

M.A. Philosophy, The New School for Social Research

M.A. Philosophy, Boston College

B.A. Social Ecology, University of California-Irvine

B.A. Social Sciences – Cultural Anthropology, University of California-Irvine

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Unconventional Ethics in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • New Narratives in Philosophy – intersectionality issues of gender, ethnicity, race, religion…
  • Motion and Compulsion in Ancient Philosophy
  • Jurisdiction, Migration, Social Justice and Well-Being
  • Americana – Pragmatism, Feminism, Pluralism


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Carl Schurz Fellowship – Bremen University, Germany.

NYU Faculty Resource Network – Fellow and University Associate.

American Philosophy Association

American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

Additional Information

Advisory Board Member, CUNY Jaime Lucero Institute of Mexican Studies.

I also teach philosophy courses at Mercy College.