Dr. Keri Brandt Off

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


  • Human animal studies
  • Feminist/queer studies
  • Social theory
  • Agriculture and Regenerative Food Systems


  • 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.  Of equal fascination are the various ways in which gender, sexuality, and race crisscross through all aspects of her interests.  She has a deep passion for teaching and working with students and loves to teach everything from gender and sexuality to soil and social theory to radical self-love and its importance to building healthier societies.  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

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. [5/15/19]

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

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

Dr. Brandt was interviewed for "Young luv in the digital age, A cultural analysis of the polarizing holiday (Valentine’s) and modern-day romance," The Durango Herald, February 10, 2016

Selected publications and presentations

“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

“Mutual Corporeality: Gender and Human/Horse Relationship,” co-authored with Lynda Birke, Women’s Studies International Forum, 2009

“A Language of Their Own,” Between The Species: A Reader in Human-Animal Relationships, 2008

“Horse Whispering: Natural Horsemanship and its Popularity,” Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships: An Exploration of Our Connections with Other Animals, 2007

“Human-Horse Communication: An Embodied Language System,” Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships: An Exploration of Our Connections with Other Animals, 2007

“Intelligent Bodies: Embodied Subjectivity in Human-Horse Communication,” Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and The Sociology of the Body, 2006