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Queen's University

Eleanor MacDonald

B.A. Hons., M.A. (Carleton); Ph.D. (York)

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Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C430
Phone: (613) 533-6631
Fax:  (613) 533-6848


Research Interests

Contemporary political thought, including: identity politics, feminist theory, critical theory, postmodern theory, Marxist theory, anti-racist theory, psychoanalytic theory, environmental theory, cultural studies, narrative theory, queer theory, race and sexuality studies, feminism, and transgender politics

Brief Biography

Eleanor MacDonald (B.A. and M.A. Carleton University, Ph.D. York University) is Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University in Kingston Ontario where she has worked since 1990. She is cross-appointed to the Department of Gender Studies. Between 2004 and 2007, she was Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Queen’s. The focus of her research and teaching is contemporary political theory. She has written on identity politics and on the political implications of postmodern and poststructuralist theory. The focus of her current research is the concept of property. Recent papers have considered the theoretical grounding of the link between identity and property, and the challenges facing our conventional understanding of property as a consequence of the recognition of environmental destruction.

Eleanor has been a recipient of the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society Teaching Award in 1991, was a finalist for the Alumni Teaching Award in 2005, and has three times received the Frank Knox Certificate of Commendation for Excellence in Teaching. She is a finalist in the TVO Best Lecturer 2010 Competition.

From January to July 2010, Eleanor is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Selected Publications

Co-editor  with Dr. Abigail Bakan of  Critical Political Studies: Debates and Dialogue from the Left. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002

"Incredulity and Poetic Justice: Accounting for Postmodern Accounts" chapter for Critical Political Studies: Debates and Dialogue from the Left

"Deconstruction's Promise: Derrida's Rethinking of Marxism" Science and Society, Vol. 63, No. 2, Summer 1999

"Vectors of Identity: Determination, Association and Intervention" Studies in Political Economy,  No. 57, Fall 1998

"Critical Identities: Rethinking Feminism Through Transgender Politics" Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, special issue on "Sexualities and Feminisms", Fall 1998

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