• Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., California State University, Fullerton

Research Interests

  • U.S. Latinx and Latin American philosophy
  • Feminist philosophy
  • Critical philosophy of race
  • Critical phenomenology


  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Foundations of Ethics
  • Philosophy in Latin America


Erika Grimm, Ph.D., (she/her/hers) holds a dual-title Ph.D. in philosophy and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in philosophy and linguistics from California State University, Fullerton.

Grimm’s research primarily concerns questions of linguistic identity, language use, perception and embodiment. She is interested in the interrogation of ideological relationships at the nexus of race, language, gender, class, citizenship and disability that create conditions for the dis-citizenship and disenfranchisement of marginalized populations in the United States. Her current book project examines instances of what she terms “linguistic rupture” in U.S. Latinx lived experience through the lens of critical feminist phenomenology.

Some of the courses she has taught include social and political philosophy, ethics, ethical leadership, philosophy of gender, philosophy of race, philosophy of love and sex, and representing women and gender in art, literature, and pop culture.

She currently serves as the faculty advisor for the St. Mary’s University Philosophy Society and Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society (Texas Lambda chapter).


Spanish to English translation of “Philosophical Feminism in Latin America” by Francesca Gargallo Celentani in Theories of the Flesh: Latinx and Latin American Feminisms, Transformation, and Resistance eds. Andrea J. Pitts, Mariana Ortega, and José Medina (Oxford University Press, 2020). Co-translated with Kevin Cedeño-Pacheco.

Selected Presentations

“Foreign Natives / Native Foreigners: Language, Citizenship, and the Racialization of Mexicans in the U.S.” Latinx Philosophy Conference; Temple University; Philadelphia, PA. April 14-15, 2023.

“Latina Feminist Phenomenologies: On Linguistic Racialization, Representation, and Resistance” Latina/x Roundtable Panel Session. Diverse Lineages of Existentialism II: Critical Race, Feminist & Continental Philosophy; George Washington University; Washington, D.C. June 3-5, 2019.

“Methodologies de la Lengua: Resistant Linguistic Praxis and ‘World’-Travel in the Work of María Lugones.” Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association; American Philosophical Association; New York, NY. January 7-10, 2019.

“Toward a Critical Phenomenology of Language? On Lived Experience and Linguistic Rupture in Latina Feminist Phenomenologies.” Roundtable on Latina/x Feminisms; The Pennsylvania State University; University Park, PA. September 7-8, 2018.

“Call and Response: On Decolonial Frameworks and Loving, Knowing Ignorance.” Re/In/Citing Politics: Beyond Capital and Colony; Hic Rosa Collective; Brno, Czech Republic. May 25-26, 2018.

“Methodologies de la Lengua: Languaging and ‘World’-Travel in the Direction of Resistant Linguistic Praxis.” Toward Decolonial Feminisms: A Conference Inspired by the Work of María Lugones; The Pennsylvania State University; University Park, PA. May 11-13, 2018.

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