Kevin Miles, Ph.D.

Professor of philosophy

Email:[email protected]

Department: African and African American Studies

Program: Film Studies
Honors Program
Medical Humanities applied minor

Location: Carpenter Hall Room 333
801 National Road
Richmond, Indiana 47274

About me

My philosophy classes span centuries, continents, and languages — drawing on texts from “Antigone” to “Are You My Mother?” I also teach Film Studies and often incorporate films into my seminars for first-year students.  I regularly present my research and serve on the faculty advisory committee for the humanities research semester at Newberry Library in Chicago.

In addition to cycling in Wayne County and racing at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis, I enjoy baking breads, cakes, cookies and pies.

I have chosen to teach at Earlham because of Earlham’s commitment to a teaching and learning process dedicated to awakening and cultivating the ‘teacher within’ our students.


  • Ph.D., DePaul University
  • M.A., Villanova University
  • B.A., Philadelphia College of Bible

Professional memberships

Indiana Philosophical Association
Newberry Library Faculty Advisory Committee, Chicago

Research projects

Five Earlham students joined me in a semester-long research project investigating Plato’s “Republic,” and the enterprise culminated with each of the students individually presenting their research findings at an undergraduate conference at Ball State University.

Published works

“Paradigmatic Failure: Politics Without Guarantee in Plato’s Republic.” At Central Indiana Reading Group for Ancient Philosophy, November 21, 2013, Ball State University, Muncie Indiana.

Book Review of “Whose Antigone? The Tragic Marginalization of Society” by Tina Chanter, philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, (6) Winter/Fall 2013, SUNY Press. 

“Through Thick & Thin Blackness: A Response to “Black Identity and Collective Action: A Critique of Tommie Shelby’s We Who Are Dark” at the Indiana Philosophical Association, November 16, 2012, University of Indianapolis. 

“Freedom in Community: Aristotle’s Polis and Linklater’s Actor’s Quartet,” in Mosaic 44 (1) 2011, 183-197. 

Freud After Derrida at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.  October 6-9, 2010: Going after the Father: Plato’s Apology of Socrates and the Freudian Intention of Aggression.

Lynching as Post-Traumatic Metaphor & the Terror of Freedom.  Paper delivered at Fragmented Bodies of American Lynching: Religion, Politics, Representation, Haverford College, November 12 & 13, 2009. 

Plato’s Apology: A Critique of Democracy.  Paper delivered at Ball State University, Muncie Indiana, October 7, 2009. 

“Paternal Authority in Plato’s Apology”  Paper delivered at Södertörn University College, Stockholm, Sweden, September 18, 2009. 

Freedom & the Phenomenological Voice. Paper presented at the Santorini Voice Symposium, Santorini, Greece, July 10, 2009. 

Suffering the Loss of Nothing: Birthing a Body Politic in an Age of Chaos. Paper Presented at Movement of Nothingness Conference, University of Houston, April 4, 2008.

We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.