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Lisa Guenther

Queen’s National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies

B.A. (Bishop’s), PhD (Toronto)

Specialization: Political Philosophy, Critical Prison Studies, Continental Philosophy, Feminism, Philosophy of Race


Lisa Guenther is Queen’s National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies.  She is the author of Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives (2013) and The Gift of the Other: Levinas and the Politics of Reproduction (2007), and co-editor of Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration (2015) with Geoffrey Adelsberg and Scott Zeman.  Recent publications include “An Abolitionism Worthy of the Name: From the Death Penalty to the Prison Industrial Complex,” in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida’s Seminars and the New Abolitionism (2018), and “Seeing Like a Cop: A Critical Phenomenology of Whiteness as Property,” in Race and Phenomenology (forthcoming).  As a public philosopher, Guenther’s work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Globe and MailAeon, and CBC’s Ideas. She is a member of the P4W Memorial Collective, and she worked with REACH Coalition in Nashville, Tennessee, from 2012-17.  She is currently working on two research projects: 1) a critical phenomenology of carceral space, and 2) a feminist analysis of the relation between incarceration, reproductive politics, and settler colonialism in Canada, Australia, and the United States.