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

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Womens & Gender Studies

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Professor, Faculty of Arts - Womens & Gender Studies



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), after which I was a Tomlinson and SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in Philosophy at McGill University (2006-2008). I have written three monographs on the philosophy of Michel Foucault in relation to confession, sexuality, feminism, queer theory, sex crimes and prison abolition: The Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault (2009), The Routledge Guidebook to Foucault's The History of Sexuality (2016), and Foucault, Feminism, and Sex Crimes: An Anti-Carceral Analysis (2018). My current work is in the areas of multispecies justice, Anthropocene studies, and critical animal studies, and I have edited or co-edited a series of books in these areas, including Colonialism and Animality: Anti-Colonial Perspectives in Critical Animal Studies (with Kelly Struthers Montford, Routledge 2020), Disability and Animality: Crip Perspectives in Critical Animal Studies (with Stephanie Jenkins and Kelly Struthers Montford, Routledge 2020), Building Abolition: Decarceration and Social Justice (with Kelly Struthers Montford, Routledge 2021), and The Routledge Companion to Gender and Animals (in press). In 2014 I was elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2019 I founded the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies (NAACAS) which meets biennially.


I am in the final year of a SSHRC Insight Grant: "Intersections of Animality," which has resulted in a series of edited and co-edited volumes exploring the ways that colonialism, race, disability, madness, gender and sexuality interact with, rely on, or interlock with speciesism and constructs of animality. 

I am also in the final year of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant: "Zoonosis: A Critical Animal Studies Bestiary." For this project, I am co-authoring a choose-your-own-adventure Covid-19 Bestiary with environmental sociologist Lauren Corman, illustrated by Ontario artist Geoffrey Farnsworth.

With environmental humanities scholars Jessie Beier, Danika Jorgensen Skakum, and Dylan Hall, I am also at work on a co-authored Anthropocene Abecedary, with entries such as A is for Anthropocene, B is for A Billion Black Anthropocenes, and C is for Capitalocene, and illustrations by Jessie Beier.

I am also in the early planning stages of a new project, "The Misanthropic Turn: Hating Humans in the Anthropocene," with literature and vegan studies scholar Emelia Quinn, and artistic collaborators Beau Coleman, Natalie Loveless, and Yelena Gluzman. 


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, Environmental Feminisms and Social Justice, Feminism and Sexualities, Critical Disability Studies, Prison Abolitionism, Anthropocene Feminisms, and Feminism at the End of the World, as well as the GSJ 501: Social Justice Workshop for the Gender and Social Justice M.A. program. In the upcoming year I am teaching three undergraduate courses, WGS 240: Feminism and Food, WGS 244: Critical Disability Studies, and WGS 270: Feminism and Sexualities.


WGS 240 - Feminism and Food

Introduction to food justice and feminist food politics.

WGS 401 - Directed Readings in Women's and Gender Studies

Open only to Women's and Gender Studies honors, majors and minors. Normally may be taken only once. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS course, or consent of department.

WGS 402B - Honors Seminar and Project

Prerequisite: WGS 302.

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Featured Publications

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Culture, Theory and Critique. 2014 January; 56 (2):187-207

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Philosophy Compass. 2011 January; 6 (11):746-56

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Feminist Studies. 41 (2):259-292

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Hypatia. 27 (1):201-18

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Hypatia. 24 (4):1-25