Volume 10, Number 2 - Spring 2019


Garrett Bunyak is a Ph.D. student in the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Hugh Burnam (Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan) is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University. His research interests include: higher education student experiences, Haudenosaunee language revitalization, Indigenous masculinities, environmental activism efforts, and Tribal Critical Race Theory.  Honoring Native/ Indigenous knowledges, Hugh’s dissertation explores Haudenosaunee identity and worldview in order to understand Haudenosaunee men’s experiences in higher education and ways to define Haudenosaunee masculinities. Burnam is also a Public Humanities Fellow of New York (2017-18).

Justin Donhauser is Junior Faculty in the Philosophy Department at Bowling Green State University.  He specializes in environmental ethics and applied philosophy of science.

Kelly Erby is Associate Professor of History at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where she also co-directs the Center for Kansas Studies. She is the author of Restaurant Republic: The Rise of Public Dining in Boston (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).

Adam Fix is a visiting scholar at the Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources, and a PhD candidate at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). He is an interdisciplinary social scientist who focuses on working across cultures to build sustainable more-than-human communities. Adam’s dissertation project examines the beliefs and strategies of self-proclaimed “allies” of Indigenous-led environmental protection movements in New York and Chiapas (Mexico). From 2014 to 2017, he worked as an adjunct professor of animal ethics at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

Robert Geroux is a political theorist of Blackfeet (Amskapi Pikuni) descent. He was trained at the University of Minnesota, and has taught at the University of Nevada-Reno, DePauw University and Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. His current interests are in religion, critical indigeneity and food sovereignty. He can be reached at rgeroux@iu.edu.

Carol Gigliotti, PhD. is an author, artist, and scholar whose work focuses on the impact of new technologies on animals and their lives. She is Professor Emeritus of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University of Design, Vancouver, BC. Her newest work challenges the current assumptions of creativity offering a more comprehensive understanding through recognizing animal creativity, cognition, consciousness, and agency. She now lives in Eugene, Oregon. Her book The Creative Lives of Animals will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2019.

Having been raised by horses, Christian Gundermann became a scholar and teacher of cultural studies, languages, and theories to other humans. He now teaches Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College, and specializes in Critical Animal Studies, Feminist Science Studies, and queer feminist theory. This piece is a sibling of his previous essay “Reading Bloodwork is an Art Form” (Catalyst 3.2, 2017), as both articles question scientific reductionism through the stories of two of his equine partners and their illnesses. A third piece on castration and hormones is in the making.

Raymond Gutteriez (Wuksachi Band of Mono Indians, Eagle Clan) is the Environmental Director for Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians. As a scholar and practitioner his interests include: Eco-Cultural Restoration; Indigenous Land Stewardship; Co-Evolution of Land and Culture; Western Mono Language Revitalization; and Climate Change Impacts, Resilience, and Adaptation in Indigenous Communities. Ray is working at the forefront of studying and managing climate change impacts in the Southern Sierra Nevada Range in California from an Indigenous perspective.

Joella Jacobs is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona, where she is affiliated with the Institute of the Environment, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. Her research focuses on intersections of nineteenth to twenty-first century German literature and film with Animal Studies, Environmental Humanities, Jewish Studies, the History of Sexuality, and the History of Science. She has published articles and edited special issues on topics such as animal narratology and epistemology, biopolitics, critical plant studies, cultural environmentalism, contemporary German Jewish identity, literary censorship, monstrosity, multilingualism, and zoopoetics. Currently, she is working on a monograph that examines a preoccupation with non-human forms of life, such as animals and plants, in the German modernist micro-genre of the Literary Grotesque (die Groteske), and she facilitates the Literary and Cultural Plant Studies Network (https://plants.sites.arizona.edu/).

Kelsey John (Diné) is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University and a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow. She is Diné; her clans are tł ááshchi’i báshíshchíín and bit’ahnii dashinálí. Her research interests include: Indigenous feminism, Diné studies, settler colonial studies, Indigenous methodologies, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. She is committed to maintaining an active scholarly and service agenda through her volunteer work as a sexual assault advocate at Sexual Assault Services of North West New Mexico, Four Corners Equine Rescue, and her work as an adjunct faculty for the Diné Studies department at Navajo Technical University.

Ryan A. Koons is processing archivist at the Maryland Traditions Archives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A queer settler, he grew up on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the Lenape, Piscataway, and Susquehannock Indigenous peoples, and received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the Tongva. He is recognized as a certified archivist by the Academy of Certified Archivists. As an ethnographer, he has studied Indigenous music, dance, and worldview for over a decade in collaboration with American Indian peoples; he also has expertise in environmental humanities, early music, and Nordic folk music. He has published in Ethnomusicology Review and in the forthcoming Sage Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Koons performs early music and European folk musics around the world.

Luba Kozak is a graduate student at the University of Regina, nearing the completion of her Master’s of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her current research explores the representation of canine subjects in eighteenth-century British portraiture through an interdisciplinary and post-humanist perspective. Her interests revolve around animal-rights issues, primarily in early modern European art and literature. She currently resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with her husband and two dogs.

Danielle Taschereau Mamers is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto's Jackman Humanities Institute. Her current research investigates the political and symbolic work bison and their histories of extermination and recovery are made to do in North American cultural discourse. Her research has been published in PUBLIC: Art\Culture\Ideas, Journal of Narrative Politics, Photography & Culture, and elsewhere.

Elizabeth Vander Meer has a PhD in Environmental Policy and Ethics from Lancaster University in the UK, an Anthrozoology MA from the University of Exeter, and is now in the second year of a PhD in Anthrozoology at Exeter. Her research is multidisciplinary, drawing on anthropology, compassionate conservation, performance studies, philosophy and social theory. She combines interests in biodiversity conservation with human-animal studies, conducting multispecies ethnographic studies that focus on human-wildlife conflict and co-existence and captive wild animals in circuses, rescue centers and zoos.

Laura Wright is Professor of English at Western Carolina University, where she specializes in postcolonial literatures and theory, ecocriticism, and animal studies. Her monographs include Writing Out of All the Camps: J. M. Coetzee's Narratives of Displacement (Routledge, 2006 and 2009) and Wilderness into Civilized Shapes: Reading the Postcolonial Environment (U of Georgia P, 2010).  She is lead editor (with Jane Poyner and Elleke Boehmer) of Approaches to Teaching Coetzee's Disgrace and Other Works (MLA, 2014). Her most recent monograph, The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror, was published by the U of Georgia P in 2015 and is considered the establishing text in the field of Vegan Studies. Her edited collection Doing Vegan Studies: Textual Animals and Discursive Ethics is forthcoming in 2018 from the University of Nevada Press.