Department of Philosophy

DEPARTMENT OF

Philosophy

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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
E-mail: lisa.guenther@queensu.ca
Website: https://queensu.academia.edu/LisaGuenther'

About

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.