Katherine Davies, 2023–24 | National Humanities Center

Katherine Davies (NHC Fellow, 2023–24)

Project Title

Care as Custody: A Critical Feminist Phenomenology of the US Foster Care System

Philip L. Quinn Fellowship, 2023–24

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, The University of Texas at Dallas

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Katherine Davies is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received her PhD in philosophy from Emory University in 2017. She specializes in continental philosophy, feminist and queer theory, and the history of philosophy. She is the author of the forthcoming monograph Heidegger’s Conversations: Toward a Poetic Pedagogy (State University of New York Press). Her articles have appeared in Research in Phenomenology, Arendt Studies, and Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, among other scholarly venues.

Davies’ current research draws upon the recent critical turn in phenomenology as well as feminist and queer studies to interrogate the US foster care system from a philosophical perspective. By centering the lived experience of survivors, Davies unfolds the meaning of “home,” “family,” “care,” “time,” and more to illustrate the carceral dimensions of foster care—a system with roots in genealogies of racism and sexism.

Selected Publications

  • Davies, Katherine. Heidegger’s Conversations: Toward a Poetic Pedagogy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2024. Forthcoming.
  • Davies, Katherine. “Heidegger’s Conversational Pedagogy.” Research in Phenomenology 52 (Fall 2022): 399–424.
  • Davies, Katherine. “The Architecture of Appearance: Arendt’s Feminism and Guatemala’s Private City.” Arendt Studies 4 (Fall 2020): 53–82.
  • Davies, Katherine. “When Home Isn’t: Feminist Philosophy and the U.S. Foster Care System.” APA Women in Philosophy Blog (October, 2019).
  • Davies, Katherine. “The Resistant Interlocutor: Plato, Heidegger, and the End of Dialogue.” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (Fall 2018): 165–190.
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