Volume 4, Number 1 - Fall 2012


Wiliam Beachly is Professor of Biology at Hastings College where he teaches Animal Behavior, Bioethics, Invertebrate Zoology, and a Natural History of the Nebraska Sand Hills, among other things. In addition to professional papers in Behavioral Ecology and The American Biology Teacher, he has published articles in in the regional magazine Nebraskaland and the progressive newspaper Prairie Fire.

Sophie Davies is a first year PhD researcher at the Cardiff School of Social Science. She is exploring scientific approaches to ageing and longevity in relation to mortality and immortality, humanity and posthumanity and utopia and dystopia. She is also interested in the study of sustainability alongside alternative expressions of culture. 

Karen Davis, PhD, is the founder and president of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. Her articles have appeared in Animals and Women: Feminist Theoretical Explorations, Sister Species, Critical Theory and Animal Liberation, Encyclopedia of Animals and Humans and numerous other publications. Her books include Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry, More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality, and The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities. Karen and her work were profiled in “For the Birds” in The Washington Post and she was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame “for outstanding contributions to animal liberation.”

Phillip Drake is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His dissertation is on a controversial mud volcano in Indonesia, focusing on intersections between language and power that influence knowledge production, disaster management policy, social justice, and conceptions of nature and humanity. His research and teaching interests include environmental literature, science fiction, cultural studies, Southeast Asian politics, and critical theory.

Carol Freeman is a research associate in the School of English, Journalism & European Languages at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Her work in animal studies has appeared in a wide range of journals and an essay collection, Leonardo’s Choice: Genetic Technologies and Animals. Her book Paper Tiger: A Visual History of the Thylacine was published in 2010. She is co-editor of an international collection of essays, Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations (2011), and has been editor of the quarterly Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin since its inception in 2008.

Riitta-Marja Leinonen, MA, doctoral student of cultural anthropology at the University of Oulu, Finland, and a member of the ANIWEL Graduate School in Animal Welfare, is preparing her doctoral dissertation on Finnish horse culture with emphasis on human-horse relationship and horsemanship skills. Her research interests are in human-animal relationships, interspecies communication, multispecies ethnography, narrative research, and anthropology of skill. Her other research interests include horses at war and work.

Karalyn Kendall-Morwick is a Visiting Lecturer and English Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University Bloomington, where she teaches courses in literature and composition and received a Ruth Neikamp-Cummings Dissertation Fellowship in 2011. She has also taught at DePauw University. Her research focuses on representations of animals in 20th-century British and American literature. Portions of her dissertation, “Mongrelized Subjects: Modernism and Human/Dog Coevolution,” are forthcoming in the Journal of Modern Literature and The Evolutionary Review. Her work has also appeared in the edited collection Queering the Non/Human (Ashgate, 2008) and the Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature (McFarland, 2012).

Joanna Latimer is Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University School of Social Science and the ESRC Centre for the Social and Economic Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen).  She has published widely on medicine, science, the body and culture, and contributed to publications at the cutting edge of social theory, including on the art of dwelling (Space and Culture) and a special issue of The Sociological Review entitled “The Politics of Imagination.”  Her books include Un/knowing Bodies (Wiley-Blackwell) and The Gene, The Clinic and The Family: Diagnosing Dysmorphology, Reviving Medical Dominance (Routledge) is in press.  She is editor of the Sociology of Health and Illness, and is in process of editing a special issue of Theory, Culture and Society on relationalities amongst different kinds.  She is currently immersed in an ethnography of ageing and biology.

Alyce Miller is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Indiana University at Bloomington, and a widely-published writer of fiction, essays, and poetry. Her most recent book is Water, winner of the Mary McCarthy Fiction Prize. She leads a double life also practicing as a pro bono attorney specializing in animal rights and family law. Currently, she is working on a manuscript of animal essays, three of which have recently appeared in print. She teaches an Animals and Ethics class for the Honors College. She is a co-editor of Humanimalia.

Emily F. Porth is a PhD Candidate and sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is a feminist anthropologist and animal advocate whose interdisciplinary research focuses on how the visual narratives in museum displays can be reimagined to encourage relationships of respect between humans, and between humans and other species. She is currently completing her dissertation, titled How to See Differently: Social Inclusivity and the Display of Bodies in British Museums.

Karolina Rucinska is a prospective PhD student and a research assistant at Cardiff University. Her MSc thesis was on public understanding of a controversial Enviropig — a transgenic animal destined for human consumption — inspired by STS literature. Currently she works on projects concerned with meat production and animal welfare. For her PhD project she plans to engage with the literature on embodied knowing, human-animal relations and philosophy of science to further explore understanding of transgenic animals destined for food.

Nora Schuurman is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Eastern Finland Joensuu campus. Her research interests include conceptions of animals, animal-related practices, discourses of animal welfare, and the role of the horse in Western society. Her current research is focused on the affective and performative dimensions of human-horse relationships, in the contexts of leisure horse keeping, equine trade and horse training.
Nina Varsava will begin a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University in the fall of 2012. She is interested in animal ethics and the representation of animals in literature and law. Her work has appeared in various international publications, including Spaces and Flows, Studies in French Cinema, and Orbis Litterarum. She is currently at work on a novel that deals with human/non-human animal relations.

Gareth M. Thomas is a PhD student in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. He is currently conducting an ethnographic study of antenatal care with a particular focus on screening for Down’s syndrome. His research interests lie broadly across the fields of disability studies, medical sociology, health and illness, the body, ethnography, human-animal relations, and virtual worlds.

Kari Weil is University Professor of Letters and Director of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She is the author, most recently, of Thinking Animals, Why Animal Studies Now? (Columbia UP, 2012) and co-editor with Lori Gruen of the recent special issue of Hypatia entitled “Animal Others” (Volume 27, Number 3 [2012]). She has also published widely on feminist theory, on literary representations of gender, and on the riding, breeding, and eating of horses in 19th century France.  The latter work is part of a current project entitled, “’The Most Beautiful Conquest of Man’” (sic): Horses and the Conquest of Animal Nature in Nineteenth-Century France.”