University Bio - Gail Presbey

Gail Presbey

Professor of Philosophy
Director of the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive

Gail Presbey
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 314
Phone: 313-993-1124
Gail Presbey
Areas of Expertise:
Culture - Africa
Politics of Africa
Carney Latin American Solidarity Archives
World History and Affairs - Peace


  • Ph.D., Fordham University
  • M.A., Fordham University
  • B.A., the University of Detroit


Gail Presbey teaches peace and social justice, ethics, African philosophy and culture, and other courses related to social and political philosophy. Presbey's interests are in cross-cultural and feminist explorations in philosophy and the philosophy of non-violence. She has edited an introductory philosophy text, The Philosophical Quest: A Cross Cultural Reader (1995, 2000). She is first editor of Thought and Practice in African Philosophy (2002), and editor of Philosophical Perspectives on the 'War on Terrorism' (2007). She has authored many journal articles and book chapters. She holds a bachelor's from the University of Detroit and a master's and doctorate from Fordham University. From 1998 to 2000 she held a two-year J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar position at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, during which she did research on sage philosophy. In 2005 she had a six-month research Fulbright grant, hosted by World Peace Center at MIT, Pune, India, where she studied Gandhian nonviolence. Presbey came to Detroit Mercy in 2000 and received the Faculty Achievement Award in 2003. She received Detroit Mercy's Mission Leadership Award in 2006. Presbey also teaches Latinx and Latin American history, and has a Graduate Certificate in World History from Wayne State University.

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