Alice Hovorka

Professor, School of Environmental Studies

Alice Hovorka

Contact Information

Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room E304
Phone: 613.533.6000 x77424
Fax: 613.533.6090

Website Geography

Website Lives of Animals


Mailing Address:
School of Environmental Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6

Faculty Member in the School of Environmental Studies & Department of Geography

Degrees:BA (Honours) Geography, Queen's
MA Geography, Carleton
PhD Geography, Clark University

General Research Interests

Animal Geographies, Gender and Environment, Urban Geography, Southern Africa

Areas of Potential or Present Thesis/Project Supervision

My research program broadly explores human-environment relationships and is theoretically informed by feminist, poststructuralist and posthumanist philosophical perspectives. I explore issues related to animal geographies, gender and environment, urban geography, and Southern Africa.
I currently explore how animals shape human society. We cannot understand human affairs and relations without recognizing the ways in which animals are wrapped up with social constructions, organizations and dynamics. How do we think about animals? Where do we put them and where do they belong? How do we interact with them? Are these human-animal relations good, bad, otherwise? What circumstances and experiences shape the lives of animals? Chickens, donkeys, cattle, wild dogs, elephants, and community dogs in Botswana serve as case studies exploring the positionality of animals as influential actors.

Supervisor of MES students:

  • Jean Jamieson-Hanes
  • Renee D'Souza
  • Tosin Animashaun

Supervisor of PhD student:

  • Siobhan Speiran

Hovorka, Alice J. 2015. The Gender, Place and Culture Jan Monk Distinguished Annual Lecture: Feminism and animals: exploring interspecies relations through intersectionality, performativity and standpoint. Gender, Place & Culture 22(1): 1-19.

Geiger, Martha and Alice J. Hovorka. 2015. Animal performativity: exploring donkey lives in Botswana. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33(5):1-19.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2015. Gender and livestock in developing nations. In Anne Coles, Leslie Gray and Janet Momsen, eds. A Handbook of Gender and Development. New York & London: Routledge. 138-148.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2013. Assessing student participation: a rubric for holistic student-informed assessment. Teaching and Learning Innovations Journal 16:1-12.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2013. The Case for a Feminist Foodscapes Framework: Lessons from Research in Urban Botswana. Development 56(1):123-128.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2012. Women/chickens v. men/cattle: insights on gender-species intersectionality. Geoforum 43(4): 875-884.

Bolla, Andrea and Alice J. Hovorka. 2012. Placing wild animals in Botswana: engaging geography’s transspecies spatial theory. Humanimalia 3(2):56-82.