Dr. Orosco during the recent immigrant justice protests
Associate Professor and Director of the Peace Studies Program
Department of Philosophy
Oregon State University
Hovland Hall 102D
Corvallis, OR 97331-3902
Joseph 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.
Joseph's primary area of interest is in social and political philosophy, particularly democratic theory and the ethics of globalization. He teaches classes in Latino/a and Latin American thought, with an emphasis on Mexican culture, history, and immigration to the United States, in both the Philosophy and Ethnic Studies departments at OSU. He also assists with the Peace Studies program and teaches about issues of peace and nonviolence.
Joseph has written on the political theory of various figures, including Josiah Royce, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Cesar Chavez. He is currently completing a book on Cesar Chavez's theory of nonviolence.
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.
Since 2006, he has been the producer of Engage: Conversations in Philosophy, the podcast program of global culture, engaged philosophy, and transformative concepts. When he's not doing philosophy, Joseph enjoys travel, listening to Afro-Cuban music, practicing West African drumming, and salsa dancing.