Joshua Mousie

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Joshua Mousie is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oxford College. His philosophical interests are primarily in the history of political thought and environmental philosophy. His current research focuses on the nature and politics of built environments, especially the concept of infrastructure. His current book project is tentatively titled Built Power: The Infrastructure of Sociopolitical Life. It is an investigation of the forms of political power and practice that create our contemporary built environs, examining the ways these spaces relate to inequality and empowerment. His current research also includes analysis of the conceptual history of the terms structural power, nonideal theory, and historical materialism as well as investigating how thinkers in the history of Black political thought help us understand and critique environmental thought. 


MA| Boston College| 2007

Ph.D.| University of Guelph| 2016

Courses Taught

PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 120: Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 

PHIL 202: Renaissance and Modern Philosophy

PHIL 204: 19th and 20th Century Philosophy

PHIL 317: Environmental Ethics

PHIL 382: Philosophy of the City 

PHIL 382: Poitics and Liberation

Honors 300: Contemporary Environmental Political Theory

DSC101: Politics and Liberation 

DSC101: Philosophies of Nature


2018 Allen Grant recipient  


Recent Publications:

"How do Houses Make the Political Possible?" (co-authored), in Environmental Philosophy vol. 18, no. 1, 2021. 

“Built Power and the Nonhuman Right to Have Rights,” in Journal of Social Philosophy. vol. 51, no. 1, 2020.


Recent presentations: 

'Political Power and Built Environments,' International Association for Environmental Philosophy, 2019. 

'Built Power: The Material Dimensions of Structural Power,' Western Political Science Association, 2019. 

'Infrastructure as the Subject of Injustice,' Association for Political Theory, 2018. 

'Built Environments and Political Belonging: Eminent Domain in Atlanta and the U.S.,' Western Political Science Association, 2018. 

Research Interests

social and political philosophy, environmental philosophy, the history of Marxian thought, postcolonial theory, history of political theory, the black radical tradition in political thought, nonhuman animal ethics and politics.