Christine Overall


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Department of Philosophy
John Watson Hall
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada, K7L 3N6
Telephone: 613-533-2182
or: 613-533-6000, X77039
Fax: 613-533-6545


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Christine Overall is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and holds a Queen's University Research Chair. She is cross-appointed to the Department of Gender Studies.

She is the editor or co-editor of three books and the author of six. Her book, Aging, Death, and Human Longevity: A Philosophical Inquiry (University of California Press, 2003) won the Canadian Philosophical Association's 2005 book prize and the Royal Society of Canada’s Abbyann D. Lynch Medal in Bioethics in 2006. Her latest book is Why Have Children? The Ethical Debate, published by MIT Press in 2012.

From 1997 to 2005 Dr. Overall served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science. In 2003 she became the Inaugural Humphrey Professor of Feminist Philosophy at the University of Waterloo. She held the position of Charlton Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University from 2004 to 2005, and the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax) from 2006 to 2007. From September 2011 to January 2012 she was the Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan.

In 1996 Dr. Overall was the winner of a provincial award for teaching excellence presented by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1998. In 2008 she received the Award in Gender Studies from the Royal Society.

From 1993 to 2006 she was the author of a weekly feminist column, "In Other Words," published in the Kingston Whig-Standard. From 2008 to 2011 she wrote a bi-monthly column, “It’s All Academic,” for University Affairs, Canada’s academic magazine.

Dr. Overall teaches and researches in the following areas:

·         feminist philosophy (especially questions about gender, sex, sexuality, trans identities, disability, age, or socioeconomic class);

·         applied ethics and bioethics (especially questions in procreative ethics and social policy, and questions about aging, death, and longevity);

·         contemporary analytic philosophy of religion.




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