Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

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G+JI Faculty Fellow 2021

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Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University

Dr. Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò’s (he/him) work draws liberally from the Black radical tradition, contemporary philosophy of language, contemporary social science, German transcendental philosophy, materialist thought, histories of activism and activist thinkers. Dr. Táíwò is currently writing a book entitled Reconsidering Reparations that considers a novel philosophical argument for reparations and explores links with environmental justice. He also writes public philosophy, including articles exploring intersections of climate justice and colonialism. More about Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò.


Read this piece by Dr. Táíwò and Beba Cibralic: The Case for Climate Reparations, published in Foreign Policy in October 2020.

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Research Project: Climate Colonialism, Migration, and Gender Justice

What is your research topic and why?

Prof. Táíwò and Beba Cebralic focused on the relationship between climate colonialism and migration, with an eye to how gender might inform and shape the dynamics we were observing. 

Main Research Question(s)

Our primary research question became, “What should we do about climate refugees?”. To answer this question, we drew from various disciplines, including migration studies, international law, and political theory.

Research Methodology

As part of the fellowship, we committed to (a) writing an academic paper that explored this question, and (b) bringing together various policy experts and scholars to discuss the question in a workshop. As philosophers with interests in policy, Prof. Taiwo and Beba Cibralic drew from a wide range of sources.

Significant or Surprising Findings

We already have existing models for assigning responsibility that would be extremely useful in the context of assigning responsibility for refugee resettlement. The obstacles to implementing those models are primarily political, not conceptual or practical. 

Summary of Findings or Progress:

We hosted the workshop in April 2021, and are currently working on the paper. The workshop was a great success and are interesting in holding another one in the Spring of 2022.

In March 2021, we brought on a legal scholar with expertise in immigration law (Pilar Gonzales), and so our two-person collaboration became a three-person collaboration. Since March, the three of us have had regular meetings and shared resources.

We draw from philosophy articles, UN reports, articles by scholars of migration studies, and international law. We are happy to provide a detailed bibliography when the paper is complete.