Jacqueline M. Davies

Adjunct Associate Professor

Philosophy, Gender Studies

People Directory Affiliation Category
  • B.A., Queen's
  • M.A., Queen's
  • Ph.D., Queen's
Specializations / Research Interests

Feminist Thought, Jewish Philosophy, Narrative Reasoning, and Critical Thinking


In addition to her continuing adjunct appointment in the Department of Philosophy, Jacqueline Davies is cross appointed to the Queen’s Department of Gender Studies. She is also a member of the Jewish Studies Faculty Advisory Committee and a faculty associate of the new Cultural Studies graduate program at Queen’s. Teaching at Queen’s since 1990, she is convinced of the epistemic necessity of interdisciplinary research.

Her research interests include intersectionality, diaspora, and feminist thought, as well as Jewish philosophy, and twentieth century continental thought. Her recent publications focus particularly on the work of Emmanuel Levinas viewed through the lens of 20th century aesthetic and communications technologies (cinema, medical imaging, and the internet). These publications include: “Others in the Ether: On Levinasian Internet Ethics by Design”, in Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal Vol. 3, 2009; “Premature M/Othering: Levinasian ethics and the politics of fetal ultrasound imaging”, in Embodiment and Agency: New Essays in Feminist Philosophy, Sue Campbell, Letitia Meynell, and Susan Sherwin eds. (Penn State University Press, 2009); and “Reading Levinas in The Apartment", in Feminism and Hospitality: Gender in the Host/Guest Relationship, Maurice Hamington, ed. (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming).

Her publications of note include reflections on pornography and objectification, as well as co-authored introductory textbooks on critical thinking and on social analysis in Canada. She is a frequent reviewer of manuscripts in critical thinking, feminist thought, bioethics and applied ethics. Current research on the legalized sex trade in Germany marks a return to extended philosophical reflection on some of the grittier realities that motivate engaged feminism and critical theory.