Research

My most recent book, Foucault, Feminism, and Sex Crimes: An Anti-Carceral Analysis, was published by Routledge in Fall 2018. This work brings together Foucault’s writings on crime and delinquency, on the one hand, and sexuality, on the other, in order to theorize sexual crime. Because Foucault’s few explicit discussions of sexual crime have been considered notorious from a feminist perspective, this work puts feminist insights and research on gendered and sexual violence into conversation with Foucault’s writings, while remaining committed to Foucault’s critique of the prison and the current criminal punishment system and to his critical approach to sexuality. Drawing on the critical race, decolonial, critical disability, queer and critical trans studies literature on the prison that has emerged since Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, this project theorizes non-carceral feminist responses to crime. Some articles that have come out of this study include “Foucault, Feminism, and Sex Crimes” (Hypatia, 2009), “Infamous Men, Dangerous Individuals, and Violence against Women: Feminist Rereadings of Foucault” (The Blackwell Companion to Michel Foucault, 2013), “Anti-Carceral Feminism and Sexual Assault–A Defense: A Critique of the Critique of the Critique of Carceral Feminism” (Social Philosophy Today, 2018), and a special issue of philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, that I guest-edited with Lisa Guenther (Philosophy, Queen’s University) on the topic of Queer, Trans, and Feminist Responses to the Prison Nation (vol. 6, no. 1, Winter 2016).

I am also completing work on a project that brings together Foucauldian philosophy, feminist theory, animal ethics and food politics. This project will culminate in a book, co-authored with Kelly Struthers Montford, titled Abnormal Appetites: Foucault and the Politics of Food (McGill-Queen’s University Press, under contract). Some articles that have come out of this project are “The Precarious Lives of Animals: Butler, Coetzee, and Animal Ethics” (Philosophy Today, 2008), “Foucault and the Ethics of Eating” (Foucault Studies, 2010), and “Abnormal Appetites: Foucault, Atwood, and the Normalization of an Animal-Based Diet” (Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 2012).

In August 2016, a volume that I edited with Hasana Sharp (Philosophy, McGill University), Feminist Philosophies of Life, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. This book emerged from a conference I organized on Bios: Feminist Philosophies of Life, at the Banff Centre in 2013, with the support of a Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada Connection Grant and the University of Alberta.

I am now embarking on two new research projects. One, titled Intersections of Animality (for which I was awarded SSHRC Insight Grant funding), bridges my previous work in feminist philosophy and animal ethics, exploring the interlocking of human and animal oppressions through studies of philosophical and literary texts. The other, Anthropocene Affects (for which I have been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant), draws on tools from feminist philosophy to think through ontological, epistemological, ethical and political issues raised by the geological epoch that is being called the Anthropocene.

I have also recently completed co-editing two volumes, titled Cripping Critical Animal Studies (with Kelly Struthers Montford and Stephanie Jenkins) and Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies (with Kelly Struthers Montford). These volumes, which are currently under review, emerge from a conference that Kelly and I organized at the University of Alberta in June 2016 – Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies, Cripping Critical Animal Studies – that was also generously funded by a Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada Connection Grant and the University of Alberta.

In November 2016, my book, The Routledge Guidebook to Foucault’s The History of Sexuality was published with Routledge. This work provides students of Foucault with detailed explanations of volumes 1-3 of The History of Sexuality, as well as chapters on the influence and legacy of volume 1 in feminist and queer theory. Earlier major works include my first book, The Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault (Routledge, 2009) and an anthology I edited with Neil Dalal, Asian Perspective on Animal Ethics (Routledge, 2014).