Romanell-ΦBK Professorship in Philosophy

Naomi Zack (ΦBK, NYU) has been awarded the 2019-2020 Romanell-ΦBK Professorship in Philosophy.

Currently a professor of philosophy at CUNY Lehman College, Zack is the author of numerous books, including Reviving the Social Compact: Inclusive Citizenship in an Age of Extreme Politics (2018), Applicative Justice: A Pragmatic Empirical Approach to Racial Injustice (2016), White Privilege and Black Rights: The Injustice of U.S. Police Racial Profiling and Homicide (2015), and The Ethics and Mores of Race: Equality after the History of Philosophy (2011). Zack’s early work on race focused on the biological emptiness of human racial categories and the conundrum of mixed-race identities. But since 2010 her focus has been more broadly concerned with concrete injustice and abstract theories of injustice that extend beyond race. 

The Romanell-ΦBK Professorship was established in 1983 by ΦBK member Patrick Romanell and his wife, Edna. Patrick graduated from Brooklyn College and was the H.Y. Benedict Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at El Paso. Awarded annually, the professorship carries a stipend of $7,500. During the year of the professorship, the recipient gives a series of three campus lectures open to the general public and the academic community. For more information about this and our other awards, visit