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B.A., Philosophy, Haverford College, 2004
Ph.D., Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2010
David Clinton Wills’s teaching and research interests examine the intersection of ethics and phenomenology with regard to identity. Particularly, he explores the dimensions of African asylum-seeker life in Israel. His most recent publication, “A Home at the End of the World: Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum Seekers in Tel Aviv” in Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry (2017), spoke on aspects of migration, race, and nation that he continues to engage with and that are trenchant to our modern landscape. His work has also been accepted for presentation at the conference of the Association for Israel Studies (consecutively in 2018, 2019, and 2020) and he has travelled extensively throughout Israel since 2015. Currently, he is developing this work in his book project, Black/Israel. Having taught at NYU since 2013, Wills has had many rewarding classroom experiences. One such experience was leading a Fall 2016 Steinhardt Dean’s Global Honors Seminar on Space and Place, taking the entire class to Israel via NYU Tel Aviv (January 2017). And he enjoys teaching Writing I and II in Liberal Studies.
Ethics, gender studies, identity, history of philosophy, migration, phenomenology, philosophy of race, social and political philosophy, writing.