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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.  She is currently working on a book about incarceration, reproductive politics, and settler colonialism in Canada, Australia, and the United States.  Recent articles include “On Pain of Death: The ‘grotesque sovereignty’ of the US death penalty” in The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (2016), “A Critical Phenomenology of Solidarity and Resistance in the 2013 California Prison Hunger Strikes” in  Body/Self/Other: The Phenomenology of Social Encounters (2017), and “‘We Charge Genocide’: Anti-Black Racism in the United States as Genocidal Structural Violence” in Logics of Genocide (forthcoming).  As a public philosopher, Guenther’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aeon, and CBC’s Ideas