Dr. Nathalie Nya’s areas of expertise are Political Theory, Ethics, Post-colonial Philosophy, Philosopher of Race, Feminism, and Womanism.  She is the author of Simone de Beauvoir and The Colonial Experience: Freedom, Violence, and Identity (2019). She is working on a second manuscript that attempts to put in dialogue Political Theory, Ethics, and Post-colonial Philosophy. The second manuscript is scheduled to be published in Fall 2023. She has started gaining expertise in Decolonial Ecology and is presently working on an article on the subject. After the article’s publication, Dr. Nya hopes to gain a contract to write a third book on “A” Decolonial Eco-feminism. Her role models are Fanon, Simone de Beauvoir and Sartre.  Download CV_Nathalie_Nya



Courses Taught:

  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy

  • PHIL 315: Racial Justice and Philosophy

  • PHIL 305: Ethics

  • PHIL 334: Political and Social Philosophy

  • POSC 354: Politcal and Social Philosophy

  • SAGES: Social Justice and Race

Graduate courses:

  • PHIL 415: Racial Justice and Philosophy

  • PHIL 405: Ethics

  • PHIL 434: Politcal  and Social Philosophy

  • POSC 454: Politcal and Social Philosophy

Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships


  • Posse Scholar Mentor Teaching Fellow. Case Western Reserves University.


  • Honors Award for teaching doctoral courses at Union Institute and University.


  • John Carroll University Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy. The position includes teaching courses on the Philosophy of Race and Contemporary Philosophy. It also includes doing research on the intersection of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, gender and race.


  • The Bunton-Waller Scholarship. The Bunton-Waller Scholarship assists Penn State in creating a more diverse population. Factors such as economic disadvantage, geographic diversity, and ethnic/racial under-representation at Penn State place high-achieving students under consideration for these awards.


  • A one-year seminar by the Penn State University Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy led by Jeremy Cohen that led to my initiation with a certificate as a public Scholarship Fellow. The seminar covered how to bridge the divide between academia and local/public institutions. This seminar gave me the opportunity to become an AmeriCorps Member for the State College Area School District.


  • Humanities’ Dizikes Teaching Award.  I received the award for the papers I wrote in: “Women: Philosophical Issues” and “Contemporary French Philosophy.” Nominated and awarded by Philosophy Prof. Jocelyn Hoy (UCSC), who received the award in 2004.


Publications Forthcoming book:

2024 Liberalism, Racism, and Existentialism (MI: Lexington Books, 2024)

Forthcoming book:

The Critique of People Discrimination: People Discrimination under the lens of The Philosophical Tradition (2023).

Published Book:

2019     Simone de Beauvoir and the Colonial Experience: Freedom, Violence and Identity. (MI: Lexington Books, 2019).

Published Articles:

2022  “Sartre, The Civil Code and The Rights of Arabs.” Sartre Studies International Volume 27, Issue 2, 2021(2022): 37–47.

2021    “Sartre, The Civil Code and The Rights of Arabs.” Sartre Studies International Volume 27, Issue 2, 2021: 37–47

2021      W.E.B DuBois on Education in the US. Academia Letters, Article 261.

2020      “The Possibility of Ethics in the Condition of the Oppressed. “Thinknow, (1). 

2019      “Existential Ethics, Racism and the Problem of Evil.” Arkete: Annual Review of Philosophical Studies, Anno III-IV, 2018/2019.

2016    “The Question of Influence: Sartre and Beauvoir.” Journal of Literature and Art Studies, November 2016, Vol. 6, No. 11.  DOI:10.17265/2159-5836/2016.11.005.

2015   “Sartre and Fanon: On Men and Women, and Gender and Race Intersection as they relate to French Colonial Resistance.” GSTF Journal of General Philosophy (JPhilo) Vol.2 No.1, March 2015. DOI 10.7603/s40873-014-0007-z

2015    “A Reply to Emily Grosholz’s article, “Simone de Beauvoir and Practical Deliberation.”” PMLA. Vol. 130 no.1 (January, 2015).

Anthologies Chapter Publications:Forthcoming Chapters
2023 “Reversing the Gaze,” in Creolizing Sartre. Storm T. Heter et al. (MI: Lexington

Books, 2023.

2023 “Beauvoir, The Philosophy of Freedom, and The Rights of Black Women during French Colonial Times” in Simone de Beauvoir: ‘A Toolkit for the 21st Century.’ Edited by Liesbeth Schoonheim, Karen Vintges and Julia Jansen (Routledge, 2023).

Conference Presentations


  • “The Scholarship of Dr. Karstern Piep.” Panel moderator. Union Institute and University. July 11th, 2022. Cincinnati, OH.
  • “Simone de Beauvoir and The Colonial Experience.” Collegium of Black Women Philosopher, May 6, 2022
  • “Reversing the Gaze: Sartre on Fanon.”  University of Akron, March 2nd, 2022
  • Colloquium title: Value Creation and Value Creators. Central American Philosophical Association, Chicago, IL. Feb. 23rd, 2022.
  • Department of Philosophy, Spring 2022 Speakers’ series. Organizer. Case Western Reserves University.


  • “Fanon and Mayote Capetia.” HMS Department. Union Institute and University. Remote, 2021.
  • Book panel at SPEP for Simone de Beauvoir and the Colonial Experience, Rochester, NY: Sept 23-25, 2021.
  • “Simone de Beauvoir, Racism and Ethics.” Case Western Reserve University, April 8th, 2021, Cleveland, Oh 2020.
  • “Paulette Nardal and black women’s social thoughts.” Case Western Reserve University, March 30th, 2020, Cleveland, Ohio.


  • “Beauvoir on peace and political reconciliation among women.” William Patterson University, March 28, 2019, Wayne, New Jersey.


  • “Sartre, The Civil Code and the Rights of Arabs.” Human Rights Symposium: Human Rights, Feminist- and Gender-Philosophical Perspectives. November 16-17, 2018 at the University of Vienna, Austria.


  • “Beauvoir’s Existential Ethics: How to Resist the Problem of Evil or Racism.” Existentialism and Resistance. 24th Annual Meeting of the North American Sartre Society, October 26-28, 2018. University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  • “Diverse Experiences.” Panel Chair, The International Simone de Beauvoir Society and la Fondation Simone de Beauvoir. October 11-13, 2018 at University of Paris 7-Diderot, France.


  • “Simone de Beauvoir, Racism and the Problem of Evil.” Panel: Simone de Beauvoir Today. 49th Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention. April 12-15, 2017 at the University of Pittsburg, PA.
  • “Reversing the Gaze, Sartre’s Preface to Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth.”” 23rd Meeting of the North American Sartre Society, November 3-5, 2017 at the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA.
  • “Colonial Trends: On Violence,” Mentoring Workshop for Pre-tenure Women in Philosophy, University of Utah, June 11-13, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UT. 2016
  • “Sartre on Voting Rights and the Complicit Relation between the Colonized and the Colonizers.” 22nd Meeting of the North American Sartre Society, November 4-6 2016 in North Carolina.


  • “Jean-Paul Sartre, Europeans, the feminine and the Negritude poems in The Black

Orpheus.” Academic Conference (The IJAS Conference Series), Paris, France. April 13-16, 2015.

  • Chair for “the Symposium: Oppression,” with speakers Meena Krishnamurthy, Carol Hay and Vanessa Wills, at the APA Central Division, February 21 2015 in St. Louis, MO.