Leonard Harris is professor of philosophy and director of the African American Studies and Research Center at Purdue University. He earned his B.A. in philosophy and English from Central State University. His M.A. degree in philosophy is from Miami University, and he obtained his Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell University. He has also taught at Morgan State University; University of the District of Columbia; Rutgers University; the Oxford Center for African Studies, Summer Institute; the University of Maryland; and Tuskegee Institute as the Portia Washington Pittman Fellow. His areas of specialization are problems of explanation and justification in critical theory, philosophical anthropology, and the history of American philosophy. He is coeditor of Exploitation and Exclusion: Race and Class in Contemporary US Society. He is editor of The Philosophy of Alain Locke, of Children in Chaos: A Philosophy of Children Experience, and of Philosophy Born of Struggle.