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Chloe Taylor, PhD (Philosophy), MA (Art History), BA (Art History), BA (Philosophy)

Associate Professor


Women's & Gender Studies

About Me

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 PhD 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, after which I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Philosophy department at McGill University (2006-2008), where I began my recently completed project on Foucault, feminism, and sexual crime, as well as my current research on Foucault, feminism, and food politics. Since my postdoctoral studies, I have continued to work in the areas of Foucauldian studies, feminist theory, the philosophy of sexuality and gender, the philosophy of food, and animal and environmental ethics, publishing three monographs as well as several edited volumes. In 2014 I was elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2018 I was awarded major research grants for two projects: a Kule Institute for Advanced Studies grant for a research cluster on Prisons, Teaching, and Social Justice, and a SSHRC Insight Grant for a 5-year project on Intersections of Animality.


I have recently completed a book called Foucault, Feminism, and Sex Crimes: An Anti-Carceral Analysis (in press with Routledge). 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 (he refers to adult-child sex as "bucolic pleasures," argues for the abolition of statutory rape laws, and suggests that the rape of adult women may be no worse than "a punch in the face," and might be decriminalized or punished with a fine), this work brings feminist insight 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), and a special issue of philoSOPHIA: a journal of continental feminism, that I guest-edited with Lisa Guenther (Philosophy, Vanderbilt University) on the topic of Queer, Trans, and Feminist Responses to the Prison Nation (vol. 6, no. 1, Winter 2016).

I am also currently working on a project that brings together Foucauldian philosophy, feminist theory, animal ethics and food politics. 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). This project will culminate in a book, co-authored with Kelly Struthers Montford, titled Abnormal Appetites: Foucault and the Politics of Food (McGill-Queens University Press), and will merge into a new research project on Feminist Philosophy in the Anthropocene (in collaboration with political philosopher Hasana Sharp, McGill University), which will include an exploration of feminist food politics and interspecies justice in times of climate change.

In August 2016, a volume that I edited with Hasana Sharp, Feminist Philosophies of Life, was published by McGill-Queens University Press. This book emerged from a conference I organized on Bios: Feminist Philosophies of Life, at the Banff Centre in 2013. I am currently also co-editing two volumes with Kelly Struthers Montford, titled Cripping Critical Animal Studies and Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies, to be published in the Critical Animal Studies series of Brill Press. These volumes emerge from a fabulous conference that Kelly and I organized at the University of Alberta in June 2016.

In November 2016, my book, The Routledge Guidebook to Foucault's The History of Sexuality was published with Routledge Press. 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 a book I edited with Neil Dalal, Asian Perspective on Animal Ethics (Routledge, 2014).


In the past I have taught courses for Philosophy departments (at the University of Toronto, McGill University, the University of North Florida, and the University of Alberta) ranging from Philosophy 101: Values and Society (an introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy) and Philosophy 102: Knowledge and Reality (an introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology) to Contemporary Ethical Issues, Applied Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Sexuality, Humans and Animals, Philosophy of Food, and graduate seminars on Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Foucault, and Judith Butler. In the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta I have taught courses such as Contemporary Feminist Theory, Feminism and Food, Ecofeminisms, Feminism and Sexualities, and Body Politics (on Critical Disability Studies).

This year I am very excited to be teaching two seminars in the new M.A. program in Gender and Social Justice in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. My Fall semester seminar was on Prison Abolitionism, while my Winter term seminar is on Anthropocene Feminism. The Prison Abolitionism course examined feminist of colour, critical race, decolonial, critical disability, queer and critical trans theory arguments for prison abolitionism; critiques of carceral feminism and noncarceral responses to violence against women; prison rape; the failure of prison reform in Canada and alternatives to retributive justice such as transformative justice. The Anthropocene Feminism seminar considers what social justice theories have to offer to analyses of the causes and appropriate responses to climate and other anthropogenic environmental change. I am also teaching an undergraduate course on Ecofeminisms in the Winter 2017 semester.

In the 2017-2018 academic year I taught WGS 244: Disability Studies, and GSJ 501: Social Justice Praxis Workshop. In the current academic year, I taught WGS 102: Gender and Social Justice in the Summer 2018 semester, and am teaching WGS 298: Critical Issues - Critical Animal Studies, and WGS 498/GSJ 507: Feminist Theory Now - Anthropocene Feminisms in the Fall 2018 semester.