Donna Giancola, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy

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Director, Religious Studies Program


Professor Donna M. Giancola has co-authored a book on World Ethics (Wadsworth, 2001) and written numerous articles in comparative philosophy and religion, ethics, women and spirituality and feminist ethics. She has lectured extensively in international forums from India to Hawaii, and delivered a paper at an international conference at Oxford University on Women's Leadership in 2004. She is currently working on a book project entitled "Women's Voices for Global Justice."


  • PhD, Boston University
  • MA, Boston College
  • BA, Assumption College

Areas of Specialization

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Comparative Philosophy and Religion
  • Ethics

Areas of Competence

  • Eastern Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Social Philosophy/Philosophies of Non-Violence


National Endowment for the Humanities; Brown University. Seminar on “Justice and Compassion in Buddhist and Christian Traditions,” June-July 1996.



  • World Ethics, co-author, Dr. Wanda Torres-Gregory, Simmons College. Wadsworth Publishing Co., June 2002.
  • Women’s Voice for Global Justice, Dr. Donna Giancola, Dr. Virginia Millhouse, Undine Pawlowski, JD., Anne York, Indiana University Press submitted July 2005.


  • Excerpts from "Her Underground" (an eco-feminist novel) co-authored with Undine Pawlowski, Sinister Wisdom, Issue # 75, Lesbian Theories/Lesbian Controversies, forthcoming 2008.
  • “Women, Culture and Identity in Buddhism and Christianity.” New Thinking Journal, Fall, 2003.
  • “Parmenides and the Buddha: The What Is Is.” International Journal for Field-Being, The International Institute for Field Being Fourth Symposia, Summer 2001.
  • "Toward a Reinterpretation of Parmenides B 3." Journal of Philosophical Research Vol. XXVI (2001): 635-653.
  • “Justice and the Face of the Great Mother.” Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy. Paideia: Philosophy Educating Humanity, 2001.
  • "1999 Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy: International Conference Bhubaneswar, India," Conference Review, Foru., The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy 32 (Spring 1999): 8.
  • "The Only Tradition by William Quinn, Jr." Philosophy East and West 49, 2 (April 1999: 219-221).
  • "Justice in Parmenides' All/One with Special Reference to Sankara." Invited article. Cupey, Vol. XIII (1996): 198-226.

Paper and Panel Presentations

  • “Maya and Dike and the Principals of Eco-Justice, International Conference on Philosophy, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, June 2006.
  • “Mays, Shakti-Devi, The Mother of Eco-Justice, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Chicago, Illinois, April 2006.
  • "Women and Justice: Towards an Archaic Future." International Women’s Leadership, Oxford Round Table at St. Anthony’s College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Invited Participant, August 2004.
  • “Eco-Feminism and Eco-Being.” Fifth Symposium: Field-Being and the Non-Substantialistic Turn, International Institute for Field Being, Fairfield University, CT. August, 2001.
  • “Eco-Feminism and Eco-Justice; East and West.” Congress of Indian Philosophy, Delhi, India, January 2001.
  • “Conceptions of Time and History East and West.” Panel Chair and Discussant. 4th International Research Conference of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Colombia, MO. September 2000.
  • “Parmenides and the Buddha: The What Is Is.” Invited paper. Fourth Symposium on Field-Being and the Non-Substantialistic Turn, The International Institute for Field Being, Fairfield University, CT. August 2000.
  • "Maya: A Feminist Perspective." International Conference of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India. Jan 5, 1999.
  • "Justice and the Face of the Great Mother." Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy. Paideia: Philosophy Educating Humanity. Boston, August 13, 1998.
  • “Multiculturalism, East and West: A feminist Critique.” Panel Paper. Third International Research Conference in Asian and Comparative Philosophy, University of Hawaii, January 1998.
  • “Women and the Ways of Magic.” Invited Paper. Women and Spirituality Series, Simmons College, Spring 1998.
  • “Justice in Parmenides’ All/One with Special Reference to Sankara.” Seventh Annual East/West Philosopher’s Conference: Justice and Democracy, University of Hawaii, Spring 1995.

Invited Lectures

  • "Parmenides and the Buddha" Philosophy Department, Boston College, 2003.
  • “Health and Well Being; East and West.” Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Program, 2001.
  • “Women as Healers.” Harvard Vanguard Community Health, 1999.
  • “Health, Medicine, and Meditation; East and West.” Harvard Community Health, 1998.
  • “Parmenides and Eastern Philosophy.” Philosophy Department, Boston College, 1996.
  • “The Faces of Justice and the Great Mother; East and West.” Philosophy Department, Simmons College, 1996.
  • “Buddhism and Ethics.” Philosophy Department, Boston University, 1995.
  • “Parmenides: A Defense of Monism.” Faculty Seminar Series, Suffolk University, 1994.
  • “Gandhi and Non-Violence.” The Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University, 1994.

Research Work in Progress

  • Notions of Restorative and Embodied Justice. Research project.
  • The Implications of Spinoza’s Ethics for Self Liberation and Social Justice. Article in progress.
  • Parmenides: A Re-interpretation, book project.

Special Programs and Activities Coordinated as Director of Religious Studies

  • “The Burnings Times Re-Visited,” Dr. Mary Daly, Invited Speaker, Spring, 2002.
  • “Karma Yoga in the Baghavad Gita,” Dr. Bina Gupta, Invited Speaker, Fall 2001.
  • “Peace and Well Being” Religious Studies Speaker Series in conjunction with Simmons College. Speakers included Gordon Fellman, Jeffery Timm, and Victor Kazanjian, 1999- Spring 2000.
  • “The Dancing Church.” Lectures and video by Rev. Tom Kane, The Paulist Center, April 1999.
  • “Judaic Culture and Society.” Lecture series by Hebrew College Faculty at Suffolk University , Spring 1998.
  • “The Earth, the Sky and Religious Practices.” Lecture by Dr. Barbara Darling-Smith, November 1996.
  • “Re-Calling the Outrageous Contagious Courage of Women.” Lecture by Dr. Mary Daly, October 1995.
  • “Fire from Heaven.” Lecture by Dr. Harvey Cox, March 1995.
  • “Krishan Consciousness.” Lecture by the International Society for Krishan Consciousness, October 1994.

Awards & Honors

  • Faculty Leadership Award, Student Government, Suffolk University, 2000.
  • Faculty Leadership Award, Women’s Center, Suffolk University, 1999.
  • Teaching Award for Excellence, Boston University, 1990.
  • M.A. awarded with Distinction, Boston College, 1982.
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Courses Taught

  • PHIL 115 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 119 - Ethics
  • PHIL 210 - History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 228 - Feminist Philosophy
  • PHIL 261 - Eastern Philosophy
  • PHIL 262 - Buddhism
  • PHIL 265 - Women in Spirituality
  • PHIL 310 - Topics in the Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 361 - Eco-Feminism
  • PHIL 415 - Aristotle: Profiles in Philosophy