Jorge J. E. Gracia holds the Samuel P. Capen Chair, and is State University of New York Distinguished Professor. He was educated in Cuba, the United States, Canada, and Spain. His PhD is from Toronto and he holds American and Canadian citizenships. He was born in 1942, in Cuba.

Jorge J. E. Gracia's primary areas of interest in philosophy may be divided into two groups:

Systematic: Metaphysics/Ontology, Philosophical Historiography, Philosophy of Language/Hermeneutics, Ethnicity/Race/Nationality, and Hispanic/Latino Issues

Historical: Medieval/Scholastic Philosophy, Hispanic/Latino/Latin-American Philosophy