Joshua Mousie

Assistant 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 city infrastructures. His current book project is tentatively entitled Built Power: The Infrastructure of Political Belonging. It is an investigation of the forms of political power and practice that create our contemporary built environs, and in it Mousie examines the ways these spaces relate to inequality and oppression. His current research also includes theories of structural power, critical theories of political action and resistance, and the concept of historical materialism. Outside of his academic work, Mousie likes to watch slow, boring movies, read as many novels as possible, and obsess about music. 


MA| Boston College| 2007

Ph.D.| University of Guelph| 2015

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  


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

“The Environmental Turn in Locke Scholarship, ” in Ethics & the Environment, vol. 24, no. 1, 2019.

“Global Environmental Justice and Postcolonial Critique,” in Environmental Philosophy, vol. 9, no.2, 2012. 

“Unfinished Circlings: Schelling’s Hermeneutic History,” in Analecta Hermeneutica vol. 1, no. 1, 2009.

Works in Progress

"Rightlessness, Displacement, and the Housing Politics of Atlanta's NPU-V" (under review) 

Monograph: Built Power: The Infrastructure of Political Belonging 



'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. 

‘Flint, Michigan and Political Environmental Exclusion,’ Western Political Science Association, 2017. 

‘From Statelessness to Environmentlessness: Arendt and Environmental Injustice,’ The International Association of Environmental Philosophy, 2016.

‘On the Domination of Nature: Critiquing Political Discourse in Environmental Ethics,’ International Society for Environmental Ethics meeting at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, 2015.

‘Latin American Environmental Movements and Global Politics’, The International Association of Environmental Philosophy, 2012.

‘Ecuador and the Rights of Nature,’ Western Political Science Association, 2011.

‘Locke and the Provisos of Property,’ American Philosophical Association Central Meeting (main program), 2011.

Misology and Identity in Plato’s Phaedo,’ Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, 2006.


Panel Discussant, "The Politics of Memory," Association for Political Theory, 2017.

Panel Discussant, “Race and the Environment,” Western Political Science Association, 2017. 

Panel Discussant, “Environmental Discourses,” Western Political Science Association, 2016. 

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.