Volume 9, Number 2 - Spring 2018


Mari Zetterqvist Blokhuis is a doctoral student at the Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge at Södertörn University in Sweden. She is involved in a project called Horse Cultures in Transition – ethics and interaction between human and horse in Sweden and Poland. Her focus is to explore the communication between rider and horse in equestrian sport, and what strategies riding instructors/trainers have to teach riders how to communicate with their horse. She is a professional riding instructor with a BSc in social science.

Liz Bowen is a Ph.D. candidate in English and comparative literature at Columbia University, where she teaches undergraduate writing and helps coordinate the University Seminar on Disability, Culture, and Society. Her dissertation project traces disability and animality as intertwined sites of formal experimentation in 20th and 21st century American literature. She is also the author of the poetry collections Sugarblood (Metatron Press, 2017) and Compassion Fountain (Hyacinth Girl Press, forthcoming 2018), and reviews poetry for Boston Review.

Irus Braverman is Professor of Law at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Her recent monograph, Wild Life: The Institution of Nature (2015) draws on interviews with 120 conservation professionals and activists to explore core dilemmas of wildlife conservation. Braverman’s current project, Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the Brink (forthcoming, 2018) explores the emotional and professional challenges facing coral scientists in today’s political and physical climate.

Jennifer Everett is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Environmental Fellows Program at DePauw University.  She regularly teaches courses in environmental ethics, animal ethics, and ethics & economics.  Her current projects involve materiality, waste, and place - deconstructing a decrepit house as a practice in reclaiming the value of people and things.

Matthew Margini is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, specializing in Victorian literature and its animal representations. He is currently completing “Incoherent Beasts,” a dissertation that explores how Victorian literature responded to the destabilization of species categories. His essays have appeared in Victorian Poetry, the Tennyson Research Bulletin, The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the upcoming collection Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern.

Beatrice Marovich is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Hanover College in southern Indiana. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Creature Feeling: Religion and the Nonhuman.

Paul Robert Matthews is a doctoral student in the philosophy of religion at Boston University and a guest researcher in the Institute for Philosophy and Sciences of Art at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. Currently, Paul works at the confluence of critical animal studies, philosophy, and religion, helping to trace the ways in which “animals” have contributed to the construction of our “modern” concept(s) of religion. His interests include German Idealism (especially, Hegel and Schelling), literary theory, and baking.

Richie Nimmo is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester. His research explores the ambiguous status of nonhumans in historical and contemporary ontologies and knowledge-practices, and the constitution of “the social” across materially heterogeneous – and multispecies – relations, systems and flows. This lends itself to interdisciplinary approaches intersecting sociology, human-animal studies, and social studies of science and technology. Nimmo has published on topics ranging from the socio-material history of dairy milk, to the methodological dilemmas of undertaking historical archive research in a posthumanist mode, to the ecological and socio-technical politics of pollinator decline in the Anthropocene. His work draws upon and seeks to critically engage with theoretical and methodological currents from post-Actor-Network Theory and new materialism. Nimmo is the author of Milk Modernity and the Making of the Human: Purifying the Social (2010), and editor of Actor-Network Theory Research (2016).

Isaac Rooks is a Graduate School Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the Cinema and Media Studies Division of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He has presented at numerous conferences, including the annual conferences of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies and the National Communication Association. His articles have been published in Spectator and MAS Context and he has forthcoming work in several anthologies. His research centers on popular ecological media and depictions of landscapes and animals in cinema, particularly in horror fiction. His doctoral project focuses on ecocritical engagement with narratives featuring animal antagonists.

Amir Zelinger is a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University. He received his PhD at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich. He recently completed a history of pet-keeping in Imperial Germany, published as Menschen und Haustiere im Deutschen Kaiserreich: Eine Beziehungsgeschichte (2018). His current research examines the historical intersections between animal breeding and racial ideologies in Germany and the United States.