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Troy Richardson (Saponi / Tuscarora)

Prof. Troy Richardson

Associate Professor

492 Caldwell Hall
(607) 254-4681

As both a philosopher of education and scholar in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, my research, scholarship and pedagogical efforts center on the intellectual traditions of Indigenous and other minoritized communities. I draw particular attention to the epistemological and ontological dimensions of Indigeneity as it is revealed in literature, visual culture and non-fiction works by Indigenous peoples. More specifically, I theorize the nature of selfhood, ethics, gender, ecology and power from these Indigenous intellectual traditions to chart the alternative social and philosophical imaginaries of Indigenous peoples. Moreover, this work assists in revealing the precise operations of a still operative coloniality in Euro-centric intellectualism and knowledge production in research and academic settings. My scholarship seeks to contribute to philosophical and theoretical discourses developed by Indigenous peoples to advance forms of de-colonial education.


  • Ph.D. Philosophy of Education, University of Utah, 2006
  • M.S.Ed. Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • B.A. Native American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1996