Volume 1, Number 1 - September 2009


Lynda Birke is Visiting Professor of Anthrozoology at the University of Chester, UK. She is a biologist, and has worked for many years in feminist science studies and human-animal studies. Her current research focuses on horses - a lifelong passion. Her books include Feminism, Animals and Science (Open University Press, 1994), Feminism and the Biological Body (Edinburgh University Press, 1999), and (with Arnie Arluke and Mike Michael), The Sacrifice: How Scientific Experiments Transform Animals and People (Purdue University Press, 2007). She is co-editor of Humanimalia.

Matthew Calarco is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at CSU Fullerton. He is co-editor with Peter Atterton of Animal Philosophy (Continuum, 2004) and author of Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida (Columbia University Press, 2008).

Marion W. Copeland is an independent scholar affiliated with Humane Society University, where she offers courses in Animals in Literature and Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Animal Studies. Co-editor of NILAS’ What Are the Animals to Us?, she is the author of numerous essays as well as of Ohiyesa: Charles Alexander Eastman (NebraskaUniversity Press) and Cockroach (Reaktion Books). As book review editor for both NILAS and Society and Animals, she frequently publishes book reviews and review essays.

Carrie Packwood Freeman is Assistant Professor of Communication at Georgia State University. Her recent journal articles include a study on national news construction of
farmed animals in The Communication Review, and an article on social movement communication ethics to appear in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics. She is the author of book chapters on: the connection between meat and masculinity in fast-food advertising;
South Park’s use of comedy as a social corrective in covering animal issues; and post-humanist rhetorical challenges in deconstructing the human/animal dualism. She also authored encyclopedia entries on vegetarian, vegan, and animal welfare for an upcoming Green Food reference by Sage. She’s been active in the animal rights and vegetarian movement for almost two decades and has run local grassroots groups in three states.

Erica Fudge is Reader in Literary and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, London UK. She is the author of numerous books and articles including Pets (Acumen Press, 2008), Brutal Reasoning: Animals, Rationality and Humanity in the Early Modern Period (Cornell University Press, 2006) and Animal (Reaktion Books, 2002). She is an associate editor of the journal Society & Animals.

Susan McHugh, Associate Professor of English at the University of New England, researches animals in literary, visual, and scientific narratives. McHugh is the author of Animal Narratives: Forms of Species and Social Agency (2010), forthcoming in the University of Minnesota Press’s Posthumanities series, as well as Dog (2004), a volume in Reaktion Books’ Animal series. Her essays have appeared in such journals as Critical Inquiry, GLQ, Literature and Medicine, PMLA and Society & Animals. McHugh serves on the Advisory Board of the H-Animal Discussion Network, and as an International Associate of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies. She is co-editor of Humanimalia. For more about her research and teaching in these areas, visit her website (http://faculty.une.edu/cas/smchugh/).

Lisa Uddin is a Smithsonian Research Associate and a 2009-10 Quadrant Fellow in Environment, Culture and Sustainability at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, and writes on race, space and species in American public life.

Julie Urbanik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Missouri Kansas City where she teaches courses in Environmental Studies and Human Geography.  She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University and an M.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Arizona. Broadly speaking, she studies the cultural politics of nature-society interactions by exploring how issues of identity, globalization, and technology are (re)configuring human relationships with the nonhuman world. Her research to date has focused on the role of place and gender in the cultural politics of animal advocacy.