Faculty - Taylor

Dr. Chloë TaylorChloe Taylor

Associate Professor

Office: 1-02E Assiniboia Hall, Phone: 248-1186
Email: chloe.taylor@ualberta.ca


BA, Honours Philosophy (University of Victoria)
BA, Art History and German Studies (McGill University)
MA, Art History (McGill University)
PhD, Philosophy (University of Toronto)
Tomlinson and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Philosophy (McGill University)


My current research focuses on feminist philosophy, Foucault studies, sexuality studies, Critical Animal Studies, and the Philosophy of Food. I am working concurrently on two book projects. The first, Bucolic Pleasures? Foucault, Feminism, and Sex Crime, draws on Foucault’s studies of delinquency and sexuality as well as feminist literature in order to analyze the cases of sexual murder, sexual assault, statutory rape and pedophilia, sex in hierarchical relations and sexual harassment, and sex work. The second book, Abnormal Appetites: Foucault and the Politics of Food, draws on Foucault’s genealogical and ethical writings in order to pursue a study of alimentary identities as both disciplinary and as a potential site for care of the self. I am particularly interested in the disciplinary function of nutritional science, the ways that alimentary identities intersect with gendered and sexual identities, and practices of resistance to animal-based diets. My research is currently funded by a five-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant: Sex, crime, and the family: genealogical and critical perspectives, 2013-2018. In 2014 I was named to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.


Fall 2016
- WGS 498 X01/ GSJ 598 X01: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies/Topics in Gender and Social Justice: PRISON ABOLITIONISM

Winter 2017
- WGS 390 X50: Ecofeminism
- WGS 498 B3/ GSJ B1: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies/Feminist Theory Now: ANTHROPOCENE FEMINISM

Selected Publications

The Routledge Guidebook to Foucault's History of Sexuality (Routledge, October 2016)

Feminist Philosophies of Life (McGill-Queens University Press, August 2016). Co-edited with Hasana Sharp.

The Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault: A Genealogy of the ‘Confessing Animal’
Routledge, August 2008. Second Edition: November 2010.

Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics: Rethinking the Nonhuman (Routledge, 2014). Co-edited with Neil Dalal.

“‘Sex Without All the Politics’? Sexual Ethics and Human-Canine Relations,” in Christine Overall, ed., Pets and People: The Ethics of Our Relationships with Companion Animals (Oxford University Press, January 2017)

“Sex Work and Desexualization: Foucauldian Reflections on Prostitution,” in Gary Foster, ed., Desire, Love, and Identity: A Textbook for the Philosophy of Sex and Love (Oxford University Press Canada, 2017)

“Biopower,” in David Scott, ed., Understanding Foucault, Understanding Modernism (Bloomsbury Press, January 2017).

“The History of Sexuality,” in David Scott, ed., Understanding Foucault, Understanding Modernism (Bloomsbury Press, January 2017).

"Female Sexual Dysfunction, Feminist Sexology, and the Psychiatry of the Normal," in Feminist Studies 41, no. 2 (2015)

“Hommes infâmes, individus dangereux et la violence envers les femmes: relectures féministes de Foucault,” in Labrys, études feministes/estudos feministas, volume 26 (2015).

“Birth of the Suicidal Subject: Nelly Arcan, Michel Foucault, and Voluntary Death,” in Culture, Theory, and Critique (July 2014).

"Respect for the (Animal) Dead,” in Animal Death, edited by Fiona Probyn-Rapsey and Jay Johnston, University of Sydney Press (2013).

“Foucault and Critical Animal Studies: Genealogies of Agricultural Power,” Philosophy Compass (2013).

“Abnormal Appetites: Foucault, Atwood, and the Normalization of a Meat-Based Diet,” in Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 10.3 (2012).

“Psychiatry,” in The Foucault Lexicon, ed. Leonard Lawlor. Cambridge University Press: 2014.

“Infamous Men, Dangerous Individuals, and Violence Against Women: Feminist Rereadings of Michel Foucault,” in The Blackwell Companion to Michel Foucault. Eds. Chris Falzon, Jana Sawicki, Timothy O’Leary. Blackwell (2013).

“Foucault and Food,” in The Encyclopedia of Food and Agriculture Ethics, Springer (2012).

“Race and Racism in Foucault’s Collège de France Lectures,” Philosophy Compass, December, 2011.

“Foucault and Familial Power,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, volume 27, number 1
(January-March 2012).

“Disciplinary Relations/Sexual Relations: Feminist and Foucauldian Reflections on Professor—Student
Sex,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, volume 26, number 1 (January-March 2011).

“Genealogies of Oppression,” a dialogue with Ladelle McWhorter, philoSOPHIA: a journal of
continental feminism
, issue 3, Fall 2011.

“Between Discipline and Care of the Self: A Dialogue on Foucault and the Psychological Sciences,” with
Cressida Heyes, PhaenEx, volume 5, number 2, Fall 2010.

“Foucault and the Ethics of Eating,” Foucault Studies, Number 9, September 2010. To be reprinted in
Foucault and Animals, edited by Matthew Chrulew and Dinesh Wadiwel (forthcoming with Brill Press: 2016).

“Fanon, Foucault, and the Politics of Psychiatry,” in Fanon and the Decolonization of Philosophy, eds.
Elizabeth Hoppe and Tracey Nicholls. Lexington Press, 2010.

“Biopower,” in Michel Foucault: Key Concepts, ed. Dianna Taylor. Acumen Press, 2010.

“Foucault, Feminism, and Sex Crimes,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, volume 24, number
4 (October-December 2009).

“Pornographic Confessions?: Sex Work and Scientia Sexualis in Foucault and Linda Williams,” Foucault
Studies, Number 7, September 2009.

“The Precarious Lives of Animals: Butler, Coetzee, and Animal Ethics,” Philosophy Today, issue 1,
volume 52 (2008).

“Hard, dry eyes and eyes that weep: vision and ethics in Lévinas and Derrida,” Postmodern Culture,
January (2006).

“Schöne Seele meets bête d’aveu: Confession in Hegel, Foucault, and Ingmar Bergman’s Persona,”
Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, Fall 2006.

“Kristevan themes in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves,” Journal of Modern Literature, volume 29, (2006).

“Alternatives to confession: Foucault’s ‘fragments of an autobiography’,” Symposium: Canadian Journal
of Continental Philosophy
, Spring 2005.

“The confessions of Annie Ernaux: truth, autobiography, and repetition for its own sake,” Journal of
Modern Literature
, volume 28, number 2 (2005)

“Lévinasian ethics and feminist ethics of care,” Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental
, Fall 2005.

“Postmodern ethics and the expression of differends in the novels of Jeanette Winterson,” Journal of
Modern Literature
, volume 26, number 3 (2003).

“Bodies, genders and causation in Aristotle’s political and biological theory,” Ancient Philosophy,
volume 23 (2003).