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Christine Sypnowich

Christine Sypnowich

Professor and Department Head
B.A., M.A. (Toronto) D.Phil. (OXON) 
Specialization: Political Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Marxist Theory, Feminist Theory 
Office: Watson Hall 
Office Hours: N/A 
Phone: (613) 533.6000 ext. 77036


Christine Sypnowich's research and teaching focusses on political philosophy, jurisprudence and feminism. She studied at the University of Toronto and did her D.Phil. as a Commonwealth Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. Before coming to Queen’s in 1990 as a Queen’s National Scholar, she taught in Europe at the Universities of Oxford, Leeds and Leiden and in North America at the University of California, San Diego, and York University. In 2001-2002 Christine Sypnowich was a Visiting Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and at the Oxford Centre for Ethics and the Philosophy of Law. Her principal publications include Equality Renewed: Justice, Flourishing and the Egalitarian Ideal (Routledge, 2017), The Concept of Socialist Law (Clarendon, Oxford, 1990), The Egalitarian Conscience: Essays in Honour of G.A. Cohen (Oxford, 2006), (which she edited), The Social Self (Sage 1995) (edited with David Bakhurst), and a number of chapters in books and articles in such journals as Political TheoryPolitics and SocietyOxford Journal of Legal StudiesPolitical StudiesPraxis InternationalOxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the New Left Review. Christine Sypnowich is currently working on a book commissioned by Polity Press on G.A. Cohen, as well as starting a new project on heritage and political philosophy.