Lawrence Ware, Teaching Assistant Professor and Diversity Liaison



Philosophy Department

  • 255 Social Sciences & Humanities
  • 744-2790

Center for Africana Studies

  • 103 Life Sciences East
  • 744-7692


Spring 2023 Office Hours in 103 Life Sciences East:  MTRWF 11 am to Noon.




  Lawrence Ware is Teaching Assistant Professor and Diversity Liaison in the Department of Philosophy. He is a contributing writer to Slate Magazine, The New York Times and The Root. He has been a commentator on race and politics for the Huffington Post Live, NPR, and TV One. Lawrence has taught and lectured across the country on issues ranging from race to economic policy. He organizes the Critical Conversations series, which hosts a number of events on campus related to race, gender, and religion.


  • BA, University of Central Oklahoma
  • MA in Philosophy, Oklahoma State University


CBC Tapestry Podcast, November, 2017
WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show Podcast, July 2017 


Diversity-Critical Conversations Past Events

Panelist for Take Root Annual Conference at the University of Oklahoma, February 2017
Public Lecture on Social Diversity and Oklahoma Education for Leadership Oklahoma, February 2017
Black History Public Lecture at Northeastern Oklahoma College, February 2017
Keynote at Pittsburgh State University's Black History Gospel Celebration, February 2017
MLK and Epistemic Violence keynote at Langston University, January 2015
Black Nationalism and #BlackLivesMatter keynote at the Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government, February 2015
The Theological Origins of White Supremacy at The Conference on Progressive Christianity in February 2015
Black Christianity and Black Resistance at The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Washington DC in May, 2015
The Confederate Flag and Epistemic Ignorance at OU in October, 2015
Lecture on Black Leadership, Langston University
Lecture on Intersectionality and #BlackLivesMatter: Race, Gender and Resistance
Keynote at John Brown University in January, 2018
Keynote at Harvard Chapel in January, 2018
Keynote at Tulsa Community College in February, 2018
Keynote at Oklahoma Conference of Churches 2018 Day at the Capitol in February, 2018
Public Lecture at Kennesaw State University in March, 2018
Keynote at University of Central Oklahoma's Black Male Initiative in March, 2018


"Ballad of an American, A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson," Rutgers University Press, October 2020
"A Father Confronts His 'Spider-Verse' Problem," The New York Times, December 2018
"Southern Baptist Seminary Documents and Discloses History of 'Deep Racism,'" On Point, December 2018
"It's On Men to End Sexism in the Black Church," The New York Times, December 2018
"What the Source Taught Me," The New York Times, August 2018
"The Realness, Dissect, and Mogul use one new art form to examine another," Slate, August 2018
"Come Sunday and the  Crisis of Faith," Slate, May 2018
"'Black Panther' and the Revenge of the Black Nerds," The New York Times, February 2018
Ed. "The Young C.L.R. James: A Graphic Novelette," PM Press, forthcoming
"Marvel's Newly Renumbered Comic Books Reveal Its Historic Disinterest in Promoting Black Superheroes" Slate, October 2017
"A Letter of Thanks to My Son Who Wants to Be Luke Cage This Halloween" The Root, October 2017
Afterword for, C.L.R. James: The Artist As Revolutionary, Penguin Random House, October 2017
"The Woes of the Southern Baptist Convention" The New York Times, August 2017
"Why I'm Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention" The New York Times, July 2017
"Still a White Man's Sport" Slate, April 2017
"Black Actors Could Make History at This Year's Oscars, but the Roles Matter More Than the Wins" Slate, February 2016
"Terence Crutcher is the Latest Victim in Oklahoma's War on Black Americans" Fusion, September 2016
"Cedric Robinson, Author of Black Marxism, Died This Month to Little Fanfare, but Not Before He Changed My Life" The Root, June 2016
"How 'Green Book' Gives Short Shrift to a Gay Life," New York Times, February 2019
"In 'Us,' the Tethered Lives That Prisoners Would Recognize," New York Times, April 2019
"How 'Dear White People' Season 3 Unpacks Race and #MeToo," New York Times, August 2019
"The Real Threat of 'Joker' Is Hiding in Plain Sight," New York Times, October 2019
"Detecting Blackness, Blackwashing History," American Book Review, vol. 42 no. 5, July/August 2021
"Why a Horror Movie About Being Black at a White College Almost Gave Me a Panic Attack, The ghosts aren’t the scary part," Slate, March 2022.


PHIL 1213.26727 Philosophies of Life (H) TR 1:30-2:45 pm CLB 118
PHIL 3623.21650 Philosophy of Race (DH) TR 4:30-5:45 pm CLB 102
PHIL 3623.22341 Philosophy of Race (DH) WEB 
PHIL 3623.23701 Philosophy of Race (DH) WEB (12/19-1/13)