Philip Armstrong is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Co-Director of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. His most recent books are What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity (Routledge, 2008) and Knowing Animals (co-edited with Laurence Simmons, Brill, 2007). His next book, jointly authored with Annie Potts and Deidre Brown, is entitled A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in Our Culture, History and Everyday Life; it will be published by Auckland University Press in August 2013.
Sarah Cowles is an undergraduate Anthropology major at the University of South Dakota. She received USD Discover Scholar Program Summer Grant to do research on endurance and trail riders in 2011.
J. Keri Cronin is Associate Professor & Chair of the Visual Art Department at Brock University. She is the author of Manufacturing National Park Nature: Photography, Ecology, and the Wilderness Industry of Jasper (UBC Press, 2011), and the co-editor (with Kirsty Robertson) of Imagining Resistance: Visual Culture and Activism in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011).
Dona Lee Davis is Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Dakota. Her areas of research, teaching and publication include medical anthropology, gender studies and North Atlantic fishing societies. Her most recent book is Mutuality and Empathy: Self and Other in the Ethnographic Encounter (2010, co-edited with Anna Sigfrid Gronseth). This is her first research project in the field of human- horse relations.
Jo Hockenhull works in the Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group at the University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Sciences, on the knowledge exchange component of the Southwest Healthy Livestock Initiative. Her research interests include animal welfare and human-animal interactions. Her previous research focused on equine welfare. She has recently co-edited a book with Lynda Birke Crossing Boundaries: investigating human animal relationships (Brill Academic Press, 2012) and is currently involved in an interdisciplinary research project exploring the human-horse relationship.
Richard Iveson has a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, where he currently works as a Visiting Tutor. His teaching and research interests include Animal Studies and animal liberation; Continental philosophy; posthumanism; cultural studies; biotechnology and cyberculture; post-Marxism; SF and the trope of the fantastic. He is
currently preparing his first book, entitled "Zoogenesis: Thinking Encounter With Animals," for publication.
Thomas Lamarre teaches in East Asian Studies and in Art History & Communications Studies at McGill University. He is author of The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation (2009) and translator of Death Sentences (2012) and Gilbert Simondon: The Philosophy of the Transindividual (2012).
Anita Maurstad, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Tromsø University Museum, University of Tromsø. Her areas of research include small scale fishing, resource management, materiality and museology. Her most recent book is Museologi på norsk. Universitetsmuseenes gjøren (2012, co-edited with Marit Anne Hauan).
Fiona Probyn-Rapsey is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is also Executive member of HARN: Human Animal Research Network at Usyd and her research focuses on the intersection of critical race studies and human animal studies.
Stephanie S. Turner writes about extinction and animal representation in scientific and popular texts. She is currently co-curating an exhibit, “Animal Skins, Visual Surfaces,” at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she teaches science communication.
Jeannette Vaught is a PhD Candidate in the American Studies department at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, titled "Science, Animals, and Profit-Making in the American Rodeo Arena," explores how the development of cutting-edge veterinary technologies has a double impact on agricultural and sport animals, and how this impact shaped the political landscape — both in regulation and in rhetoric — of animal activism and use over the last forty years. A former equine veterinary technician and lifelong rider, she has been learning classical dressage with her horse Dallas for over 15 years.
Alyssa Chen Walker is a doctoral candidate in American Culture at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she is completing a dissertation on humane reading and writing in the United States. She holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, an M.A. in English from Columbia University, and an M.A. in Creative Writing from University of Missouri, Columbia.