Junior fellows are people doing their doctorates in other departments whose research is of interest to the Centre and who apply to be ‘fellows’ here. Occasionally the Centre also has Visiting Junior Fellows, people who are pursuing doctorates at other universities. Junior fellows have long been integral to the Centre’s mission and have enriched the Centre over the years.
Alexandra Hunter (MA Criminology, Toronto)
Doctoral Student, Sociology, University of Toronto
- Supervisor: Kelly Hannah-Moffat
- My research interests include corrections, penal policy, prisons and imprisonment. I am currently involved in a project that examines the use and disclosure of criminal and police records with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. As part of my second year research practicum, I am working on a project that addresses the need for more empirical and conceptual analyses of the importance of context in understanding prisoner behaviour. Using data from two women’s prisons in California, I explore how the context of the prison, its features, and the subculture of its, impact both engagement in and perceptions of prison sex. I argue that exploring women’s sexuality and imprisonment from this perspective reveals the complicated interaction of factors that are involved in shaping sexual behaviour in women’s prisons and argue for a contextual understanding of prisoner behaviour. Findings suggest the importance of designing policies that keep the relational nature of the micro- macro-level dynamics that operate in prison and shape its social organization in mind, particularly where there is a desire to regulate certain forms of behaviour.
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Kelly Struthers Montford
Doctoral candidate & Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholar in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta
- Supervisor: Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat
- Kelly’s postdoctoral research programme, the Carceral Logics of Agricultural Power analyzes federal prison labour programs that task prisoners with the raising, slaughtering, and processing of farmed animals. This research explores the ways in which contemporary “agribusiness” penal programs in Canada’s federal penitentiaries are consistent with historical processes of colonialism in the United States and in Canada, wherein livestock were used to territorialize indigenous lands via the ontological and material institution of private property relations to animals and to land. This project will show that despite the Correctional Service of Canada’s claim that its agribusiness programs can rehabilitate and provide vocational training to prisoners, these programs should instead be read as specific carceral logics that contribute to the prison’s territorializing function. This project will also engage critical theory to understand how agricultural power targets prisoners for slaughterhouse work—an occupation that is extremely dangerous and exploitative, has the highest rates of employee turnover, and is empirically proven to increase rates of violent crime in the communities they are housed in.
- Dissertation: Theorizing Agricultural Power: Unsettling the Human Through Critical Food Ontologies 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.
- Research Interests: Philosophy, critical and feminist criminology, social theory, and critical animal studies.