Joy James currently is associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She earned a B.A. degree in political science from St. Mary's University and her first M.A. in international politics from Fordham University. She earned her second M.A. from Union Theological Seminary, where she focused on Black theology/liberation theology and studied with Cornel West, James Cone, and Mercy Amba Oduyoye, the Ghanaian feminist theologian. Her Ph.D. in political philosophy is also from Fordham University. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and at the New York Theological Seminary. James's areas of specialization are political philosophy/political thought, critical race theory, and feminist theory. She is also coeditor of Spirit, Space and Survival: African American Women in Academe and editor of The Angela Y. Davis Reader.