Kelly Struthers Montford

dogs-eager-for-their-vegan-bacon-treatsPhoto: Kelly making vegan bacon for the dogs.

UPDATE! Kelly defended her PhD in November 2017 and spent 2017-2019 as a postdoctoral fellow in Punishment, Law, and Social Theory, in the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto! She has now moved to beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia, to take up a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Congratulations Kelly!!

Kelly was previously a Killam Scholar and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholar in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. She was also the 2013-2014 Institute for Critical Animal Studies Hilda Scholar of the year. Her research interests include critical animal studies, philosophy, critical criminology, and social theory.

Kelly’s dissertation, Agricultural Power: Politicized Ontologies of Food, Life, and Law in Settler-Colonial Spaces brings together feminist theory, decolonial scholarship, continental philosophy, and critical animal studies in an effort to trace the expression of agricultural power as it relates to western ontologies of the human, farmed animals, and food ontologies. The dissertation posits that in the anglo-settler states of Canada and the US, our dominant alimentary norms, and the related ontologies of the human, the animal, and of food were imposed as part of the colonial project seeking to territorialize and impose western orderings of life. Climate change and zoonotic disease should be then read as instances of resistance to agricultural power, a form of power that constantly attempts to assert an anthropocentric ordering wherein animals are deontologized as nonsubjects who exist for human use–most commonly as the food they will become upon their slaughter, processing, and sale. By attending to nonhuman resistance to agriculture power, we are able to grapple with the fact that the future of humans and of animals are tied together. Inasmuch as resistance to agricultural power insists that we change our dietary habits, this work asks after the potential of synthetic and in-vitro meats to undermine the dominant ontologies of life that are bound-up with and produced by western alimentary norms.

Kelly’s work has been published in philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, the Canadian Journal of Women and the LawSocieties, and PhaenEx Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture. With Chloë Taylor, she is co-editing two anthologies, Cripping Critical Animal Studies and Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies, and co-authoring the book Abnormal Appetites: Foucault and the Politics of Food for McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Struthers Montford,  K. (2016). “Dehumanized denizens, displayed animals: Prison tourism and the discourse of the zoo.”  philoSophia: A Journal of Continental Feminism, 6:1. 

Struthers Montford, K. (2015). “Transforming choices: An analysis of the marginalization of gender-specific policy making in Canadian approaches to women’s federal imprisonment.”  Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 27: 2, 284.

*MacDonald K. & Kelly Struthers Montford (2014). “Eating animals to build rapport: Conducting research as veg*ns,” Societies, 4: 4, 737-52. *denotes equal credit co-authorship. (

Struthers Montford, K. (2013). “The present referent: Nonhuman animal sacrifice and the constitution of dominant Albertan identity.”  PhaenEx Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, 8: 2, 105-34. (

Book Chapters

Coda: Toward an analytic of agricultural power,” in Messy Eating: On Theory, Politics, and Animals as Food, edited by King, S., Carey, S., MacQuarrie, I., Millious, V., and Power, E. M. (accepted by editors, under review with publisher).

Struthers Montford, K., Hannah-Moffat, K., Hunter, A. (2017). “‘Too wicked to die’: The enduring legacy of humane reforms to solitary confinement,” in Punishment and the Limits of Law: Cruel and Unusual, edited by Amy Swiffen and Joshua Nichols. New York: Routledge: 141-163.

Co-Edited Special Collections

feral feminisms (December 2016). Special issue, “Feral Theory,” co-edited with Chloë Taylor (

Societies (2014). Special Issue “Alimentary Relations, Animal Relations,” co-edited with Chloë Taylor (

Innovations in Senior Health Care Research Unit

Struthers Montford, K, Wendy Duggleby, Ceinwen Cumming, Roanne Thomas, Cheryl Nekolaichuk, Sunita Ghosh and Katia Tonkin, (online first Fall, 2016). “’All I can do is help’: Transition experiences of male spouse caregivers of women with breast cancer.” Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal 26(4).

Duggleby, W., Robinson, C., Kaasalainen, S., Pesut, B., Nekolaichuk, C., MacLeod, R., Keating, N., Santos Salas, A., Hallstrom, L., Fraser, K.D., Williams, A., Swindle, J. & Struthers-Montford, K. (June 2016). “Developing navigation competencies to care for older rural adults with advanced Illness.” Canadian Journal on Aging 35(2):206-14.

Duggleby, W., Thomas, J., Struthers-Montford, K., Thomas, R., Nekolaichuk, C., Ghosh, S., Cummings, C. & Tonkin, K. (March 2015). Transitions of male partners of women with breast cancer: Hope, guilt and quality of life. Oncology Nursing Forum 42(2), 134-141.

Public Sociology

Struthers Montford, K. “Meat and cancer.” Impact Ethics: Making a Difference in Bioethics, January 6, 2016: 2016/01/05/meat-and-cancer-considering-food-as-loci-of- relations/

Struthers Montford, K. “Ageing in prison” Good Evidence, November 7, 2012: ageing-in-prison/

Media interviews

“Feminism and food” on Adamant Eve radio programme, CJSR 88.5, Edmonton, AB, July 14, 2016.

“Where’s the beef?” Interview for New Trail, University of Alberta Alumni Publication, June 25, 2016.

“Ecofeminism” on Terra Informa radio programme, CJSR 88.5, Edmonton, AB. March 23, 2016.

“Critical Animal Studies” on Terra Informa radio programme, CJSR 88.5, Edmonton, AB. January 31, 2016.

“Edmonton City Council faces divisive vote on whether to make all of its catered meals vegan or vegetarian,” National Post, 6 July 2015.

“Edmonton city council to vote on vegetarian choice,” Edmonton Journal, 6 July 2015.