Dr. Keri Brandt Off

Dr. Keri Brandt Off
Professor of Sociology & Gender & Sexuality Studies


  • Social Theory
  • Relations between humans and the more-than-human world
  • Regenerative Food Systems
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2005
  • B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1995


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About Dr. Keri Brandt

Keri Brandt Off is a Professor of Sociology & Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her curiosities on and off campus center around how humans, animals, and landscapes co-create shared worlds together, and how these worlds intersect in the context of agriculture and food. She has a deep passion for teaching and working with students. Once a student at Fort Lewis College, her dream was to one day return as faculty, and in 2005 she did just that.

In the media

Learning at the Center podcast, FLC Teaching & Learning Services, episode 6, August 2021. 

Desert Horse Media, Horse Heroes Film, 2021.

Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, RMWP Rancher Keri Brandt, December 18, 2020.

Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies Keri Brandt and Professor of Sociology Janine Fitzgerald, both ranchers, discussed “zombie agriculture," which raises food from dead soil, on the Radio Cafe's "Down to Earth" podcast. [5/7/19].

Galil Garden Podcast, Zombie Agriculture, 2019

Food Flow podcast, The Vegetarian Turned Rancher, April 27, 2018.

The Perennial Plate, episode 150, For Place and for Animals, 2016.


Selected publications and presentations

Zoocialization: Learning Together, Becoming Together in a Multi-Species Triad” Co-authored with Andrea Petitt, Society & Animals, 2022

“Indigenizing Food Systems Curricula at Fort Lewis College,” Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (virtual), 2021

“Zoocialization in Practice: Visual Tid-Bits from the Field,” Equine Cultures in Transition conference (virtual), 2021

“Ethical Eating and the Denial of Death” The New Farmer’s Almanac, 2019

“Zombie Agriculture: Reanimation of Dead Soils and Chemical Drift” and  “Debt and Mutual Aid: Transforming Zombie Agriculture” co-authored with Janine Fitzgerald, The New Farmer’s Almanac, 2019

Touch Forms The Foundation of The Powerful Human-Horse RelationshipThe Conversation, 2018

“Zoocialization: Becoming a Cow-Horse Through Multi-Species Interaction,” Equine Cultures in Transition conference, Leeds Beckett University, England, 2018  

Invited Keynote Speaker Zombie Agriculture: Death, Debt, and The Radical Center, Durango Natural Foods Cooperative Annual Member, Durango, CO, 2018

Invited Plenary Speaker Zombie Agriculture: Death, Debt, and The Radical Center, The Quivira Coalition, Albuquerque, NM, 2017

“The Denial of Death and The Triumph of Industrial Agriculture,” Western Social Science Association, San Francisco, CA , 2017

“Teaching Theories Beyond Good and Evil,”  Western Social Science Association, San Francisco, CA , 2017

“Bodies in Motion: Embodiment and Intimacy in Human-Horse Relationships.” The International Society for Anthrozoology. Saratoga Springs, NY, 2015

“New Possibilities: Gender and Embodiment in the Human-Horse Context,”  American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL, 2015

“Rethinking Women's Embodiment in the Context of Human-Horse Relationships,” American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, 2014

“Intimacy Beyond Words: The Meaning of Horses in Women’s Lives,” Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, San Francisco, CA, 2014