Joseph Orosco


Joseph Orosco


Associate Professor
Director of the Peace Studies Program

Associate Director for Philosophy

Milam 317
Corvallis, OR 97331-3902
Phone: 541-737-4335
Email: joseph.orosco@oregonstate.edu

Chicano Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies,
Multiculturalism, Political Philosophy



Dr. Orosco joined the OSU Faculty in fall 2001. He received his Ph.D and M.A in Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside, and his B.A in philosophy from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.  His primary area of interest is in social and political philosophy, particularly democratic theory and global justice. He teaches classes in American Philosophy and Latino/a and Latin American thought, with an emphasis on Mexican culture, history, and immigration to the United States.

Orosco is director of the Peace Studies program and teaches about issues of peace and nonviolence. Students can receive a Peace Studies certificate through the program.

Orosco has written on the political theory of various figures, including Josiah Royce, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Cesar Chavez. In 2008, his first book, “Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence,” was published by University of New Mexico Press.

He serves as a faculty advisor to MEChA and the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez and is a founding member of the OSU Faculty and Staff for Peace and Justice.  For several years, he produced “Engage: Conversations in Philosophy, the podcast program of global culture, engaged philosophy, and transformative concepts.”  He is currently the co-editor of the Journal for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, and serves on the editorial boards of the Transactions of the Charles Pierce Society, the Inter-American Journal of Philosophy, and the Review Journal of Political Philosophy.

He has been a guest on National Public Radio’s “Philosophy Talk” and is a frequent speaker on issues of peace, nonviolence and the life of Cesar Chavez at venues around the country.

When he's not doing philosophy, he enjoys travel, listening to Afro-Cuban music, practicing West African drumming, and salsa dancing.

Select Publications

Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence
University of New Mexico Press, 2008
Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence


Journal Articles and Chapters

  • Frontiers of Democracy: Domingo Sarmiento and Josiah Royce on the Geography of Self-governing Communities.  The Pluralist, Vol. 6, No. 3, Fall 2011
  • Jose Vasconcelos, White Supremacy, and the Silence of American Pragmatism.  Inter-american Journal of Philosophy Vol. 2., Issue 2 (December 2011) 
  • Defending the Great Community: Royce's Concept of Humanitarian Intervention.  Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society.  Vol. 46, No. 2, Four Pieces on Josiah Royce's Logic: Scott L. Pratt, Guest Editor, Peter H. Hare, Organizer (Spring 2011), pp. 266-281

You can find out more about his work on his webpage.

He was also recently featured in a short documentary entitled Peace and the Public Life which you can watch below: