About

I am an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. I have a BA in Philosophy from the University of Victoria (1998), and a BA and MA in Art History from McGill University (2000 and 2002), and a foucault-pillowPhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto (2006). I wrote my Master’s thesis on the aesthetics of sadism and masochism in Italian Renaissance painting and my PhD dissertation on philosophies of confession. My dissertation was published by Routledge in 2008 as The Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault: A Genealogy of the Confessing Animal. From 2006 to 2008 I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Philosophy department at McGill University, where I began projects on Foucault, feminism, and sexual crime, and Foucault, feminism, and food politics. These projects are at last culminating in two books: Foucault, Feminism, and Sex Crime: An Anti-Carceral Analysis (in press with Routledge) and Abnormal Appetites: Foucault and the Politics of Food (forthcoming with McGill-Queens University Press; co-authored by Kelly Struthers Montford). Kelly and I are also currently co-editing two books: Cripping Critical Animal Studies (with Stephanie Jenkins), and Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies, both to be published in the Critical Animal Studies series of Brill Press.

I am now embarking on new research projects on Intersections of Animality and Prisons, Teaching, and Social Justice. In recent years I have published one monograph, The Routledge Guidebook to Foucault’s The History of Sexuality (Routledge 2017), and two co-edited volumes: Feminist Philosophies of Life (McGill-Queens University Press 2016) with Hasana Sharp, and Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics (Routledge 2014) with Neil Dalal. In 2014 I was elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

Credit: Foucault and Cats pillow created  for Chloë by fabulous feminist philosopher and friend Ada Jaarsma.  For more on Ada’s Philosopher Pillow Portraits, see: http://nomorepotlucks.org/site/sleeping-with-philosophers-an-interview-with-ada-jaarsma-on-philosopher-pillow-portraits-ela-przybylo/