Cornel West
#1528 Overall Influence

Cornel West

African-American philosopher and political/civil rights activist

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Cornel West currently holds the title of Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School. Prior to this, he has held positions at Princeton University (where he maintains the title of Professor Emeritus), Union Theological Seminary, Yale University, and the University of Paris. West earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University in 1973, and completed his PhD at Princeton University in 1980, making him the first African-American to earn a PhD in philosophy from Princeton.

West is well recognized as a social critic on racial and political issues, as well as a public intellectual. Indeed, his influence can be traced as much (or more) to his public activism and visibility as it can his academic work. West is often cited in mainstream media, and frequently makes public, television, radio, and print appearances. West is known as a strong voice of left-wing politics and social justice in America, though he has also frequently been critical of prominent left-wing politicians, including Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. Also notable is the fact that West has established a public presence removed from politics and philosophy entirely, including cameos in films from The Matrix franchise, as well as a spoken word and hip hop albums.

Cornel west holds over 20 honorary degrees to his name. Additionally, he has earned an American Book Award.

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Union Theological Seminary
Union Theological Seminary

Independent, ecumenical, Christian seminary in New York City

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Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Princeton University
Princeton University

Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Pepperdine University
Pepperdine University

Private university near Malibu, California, USA

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Influence Rankings by Discipline

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#219 World Rank #54 USA Rank
Religious Studies
#739 World Rank #138 USA Rank
Philosophy
#4205 World Rank #838 USA Rank
Literature