UMass Lowell Philosophy Prof. John Kaag shared how his discovery of a rare book collection transformed his life at a March 9 event for the campus and community.

José Jorge Mendoza

José Jorge MendozaAssistant Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
  • Email


  • Ph D: Philosophy, (2012), University of Oregon
  • MA: Philosophy, (2006), San Francisco State University
  • BA: Philosophy, (2002), University of California San Diego

Selected Publications

  • Mendoza, J. (2017) "Latinx and the Future of Whiteness in American Democracy," APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy 16:2
  • Mendoza, J. (2017) "The Moral and Political Philosophy of Immigration: Liberty, Security, and Equality," Lexington Books pp. 158
  • Mendoza, J. (2016) "Illegal: White Supremacy and Immigration Status," Rowman & Littlefield International
  • Mendoza, J. (2016) "Juan Crow & The Future of Immigration Reform: Going Beyond Debates Over Federalism and Centralism in U.S. Immigration Enforcement," The Critique Jan-Feb:
  • Mendoza, J. (2015) ""Doing Away with Juan Crow: Two Standards for Just Immigration Reform,"," APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy 15:1
  • Mendoza, J. (2015) "Does Cosmopolitan Justice Ever Require Restrictions on Migration?," Public affairs quarterly 29:2 pp. 175-186
  • Mendoza, J., Silva, G.J. (2015) "Introduction to Special Issue," Public Affairs Quarterly 29:2 pp. 135-137
  • Mendoza, J. (2015) "Latino/a Immigration: A Refutation of the Social Trust Argument," Palgrave Macmillan
  • Mendoza, J. (2015) "Enforcement Matters: Reframing the Philosophical Debate over Immigration," Journal of Speculative Philosophy 29:1 pp. 73-90
  • Mendoza, J. (2014) "Book Reviews: The Synthetic Paradigm Of Race Diego A. Von Vacano: The Color of Citizenship: Race, Modernity, and Latin American/Hispanic Political Thought. (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, Pp. ix, 226.)," The Review of politics. 76:3 pp. 522-525
  • Mendoza, J. (2014) "Discrimination and the Presumptive Rights of Immigrants," Critical Philosophy of Race 1 pp. 68

Selected Presentations

  • Two American Myths: The Melting Pot and the Minority-Majority Nation - Society for Mexican-American Philosophy conference, May 2017 - Texas A&M, College Station, TX
  • Crimmigration: The Injustice of Criminalizing Migration & Latinx and the Future of Whiteness in American Democracy - Annual Larkin Ethics Lectures, April 2017 - Los Angeles, CA
  • Latinx and the Future of Whiteness in American Democracy, March 2017 - Tempe, AZ
  • Latino/a Immigration: A Refutation of the Social Trust Argument, April 2015 - San Francisco, CA
  • The Curious Case of Mexicans in the United States, April 2015 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Philosophy of Immigration, March 2015 - Durham, NH
  • Enforcement Matters: Reframing the Philosophical Debate Over Immigration, March 2015 - North Andover, MA
  • Illegal People: On the Morality and Legality of Immigration, December 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Enforcement Matters: Reframing the Philosophical Debate Over Immigration - 11th biennial conference of the Radical Philosophy Association, November 2014 - Stony Brook, NY
  • Philosophy of Immigration and Race - 17th Annual Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy, July 2014 - New Brunswick, NJ
  • Why The Presumptive Right Is Actually On The Side Of Immigrants (...even Undocumented Immigrants), April 2014 - San Diego, CA
  • Why The Presumptive Right Is Actually On The Side Of Immigrants (...even Undocumented Immigrants) - Crossings, Hybrids, Genres,, April 2014 - New York City, NY
  • Enforcement Matters: Why Immigration Presents An Exceptional Ethical Dilemma, March 2014 - Milwaukee, WI
  • The Presumptive Rights of Undocumented Immigrants - Issues in Applied Political Philosophy and Ethics, October 2013 - Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Philosophy and Immigration - From the Border to the Center: A Symposium on Immigration and Envisioning Compassionate Reform, April 2013 - Washington, D.C.
  • Xenophobia and the Need for Immigrant Rights - Latin American Studies Events, March 2013 - Williamsburg, VA
  • The Curious Case of Latino/as in the United States - The Latino/a Philosopher: A National Symposium, March 2013 - Stony Brook, NY
  • Human Rights - In and After Conflict - The Oxford Program on Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict, with Merton College Global Directions, March 2013 - Oxford, England
  • Xenophobia and the Need for Immigrant Rights, February 2013 - New Orleans, LA
  • Philosophy of Immigration, February 2013 - Manchester, NH
  • On Enforcement and Expulsion Strategies: A Rejection of a State's Unilateral Right to Control Immigrationl - Philosophy of Immigration: A Roundtable Discussion of Works in Progress, November 2012 - Seattle, WA
  • A Humane Approach to Immigration Reform - Northern New England Philosophical Association Meeting, October 2012 - Lowell, MA
  • Strategies of Death and Discrimination: Philosophy and the Immigration Debate - Workshop in Applied Philosophy: Global Justice and Ethics ofExclusion, September 2012 - Boston, MA
  • No Human Being Is Illegal - Social Inquiry Department, March 2012 - Superior, WI
  • The Braid of Non-Whiteness: White Supremacy and Immigration - 7th Annual Meeting of the California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race, October 2010 - Evanston, IL