Volume 7, Number 1 - Fall 2015


Marcus Baynes-Rock is a research associate at the University of Notre Dame. He has published several works on relations between humans and spotted hyenas in Ethiopia, including Among the Bone Eaters: Encounters with Hyenas in Harar (Penn State University Press, 2015).

Jacob Bull is a social and cultural geographer, based at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. He is currently coordinator of the Humanimal Research Group and has previously conducted research on cultures and practices of recreational fishing, worked on the EU Welfare Quality Programme into farm animal welfare and more recently has explored issues around gender and animals in dairy farming.  One of his current projects brings animal studies perspectives to encounters with parasites while the other examines the ways that bees and beekeeping are responding to contemporary environmental pressures. Working with fish, ticks, cattle or bees his work focuses on how animals shape spaces, places and identities. JB is a member of Humanimalia’s editorial collective.

Christoph Irmscher is Provost Professor of English and Director of the Wells Scholars Program at Indiana University Bloomington.  His most recent book is Louis Agassiz:  Creator of American Science (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013).  His homepage can be found at www.christophirmscher.com.

Eimear Mc Loughlin is studying Anthrozoology at Master’s level at the University of Exeter.  A graduate of University College Cork, Eimear has worked as a veterinary nurse and is currently teaching on an Animal Care Course in St. John’s Central College, Cork.  As a distance learner, her post-graduate research explores the conflicting attitudes towards animals as food and animals as livestock.  Her research has led her to engage in fieldwork investigating the slaughterhouse. 

Beatrice Marovich is an Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of North Dakota. In 2013 she was an ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies Fellow at Wesleyan University. Her current book project, Dream of the Creature: Theological Relics and Multispecies Kinship, examines the residues of theological thought in contemporary discourses of multispecies kinship and human relations with other creatures.

Erica Tom is a scholar, artist, and educator. Currently a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark, Erica also serves as the Director of Performance Arts and Movement Research at the Equine Experiential Organization Belos Cavalos, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the Bay Area of California. ET’s poetry has appeared in Volt, The Pomona Valley Review, and Women Studies Quarterly. 

Sami Torssonen is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Contemporary History at the University of Turku, Finland. The current topics of his research and teaching include welfare commodification, transparency as a social metaphor, and ideology theory.

Boria Sax is the author of many books, most recently Imaginary Animals: The Monstrous, the Wondrous and the Human (2013) and Stealing Fire: Memoir of a Childhood in the Shadow of Atomic Espionage (2014). He teaches at Sing Sing and Taconic prisons, as well as online for the graduate program in Literature at Mercy College.

Zipporah Weisberg completed her Ph.D. in 2013 in Social and Political Thought at York University. From June 2013 to June 2015 ZW was the Abby Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Ethics in the Dept. of Philosophy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She specializes in critical animal studies, critical social theory, and existentialism and phenomenology. ZW’s notable publications include, “Biotechnology as Endgame: Ontological and Ethical Collapse in the ’Biotech Century’,” (NanoEthics, March 2015), “The Trouble with Posthumanism: Bacteria are People Too” (Thinking The Unthinkable: New Readings in Critical Animal Studies, edited by John Sorenson. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2014), and “The Broken Promises of Monsters: Haraway, Animals, and the Humanist Legacy” (Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 2009).