Volume 5, Number 1 - Fall 2013


Ellen Bayer is an Assistant Professor of English at DePauw University. Her teaching and research interests include human relationships to the environment, non-human animals, and food production and consumption. Her exploration of Moby-Dick has appeared in Leviathan, and her pedagogy-focused work is forthcoming in The Pocket Instructor: Literature. She also heads a humane Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program in her local community and campus.

Irus Braverman is Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Geography at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Her scholarship lies in the nexus of law, geography, anthropology, and posthumanism. Writing from this perspective, Braverman has researched illegal houses, trees, checkpoints, public toilets, animals in the city, doors, police dogs, and zoos. She is author of House Demolitions in East Jerusalem: “Illegality” and Resistance (2006), Planted Flags: Trees, Land, and Law in Israel/Palestine (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Zooland: The Institution of Captivity (Stanford University Press, 2012) and Managing Wild Life (under review, Chicago University Press). Braverman also co-edited The Expanding Spaces of Law: A Timely Legal Geography (forthcoming, Stanford University Press). In 2013-4, Braverman is a fellow at Cornell’s Society for the Humanities as well as a Ryskamp fellow at the American Councel of Learned Societies (ACLS).

Robert Geroux is Assistant Professor of Political Science at DePauw University

Joan Gordon is an editor for Science Fiction Studies, a professor of English at Nassau Community College in New York, a past president of Science Fiction Research Association and a winner of their Thomas Clareson Award, and a recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award to Marie Curie Skłowdowska University in Lublin, Poland. She teaches composition and science fiction with an emphasis on animal studies and has published several articles on animal studies, including two in Science Fiction Studies and the entry on animal studies in the Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009). She is a co-editor of Humanimalia.

Margret Grebowicz has published extensively on many topics in contemporary philosophy, ranging from Internet pornography to environmental aesthetics.  Her recent books include Why Internet Porn Matters (Stanford 2013), Beyond the Cyborg: Adventures With Donna Haraway (Columbia 2013), and the forthcoming The National Park to Come.  She is associate professor of philosophy at Goucher College, where she teaches courses on feminism, postmodernism, animal studies, and environmental philosophy.

Tora Holmberg is a sociologist and Associate Professor at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research interests include human/animal relations in various contexts, and her cultural sociology approach combines STS, urban theory, animal studies and feminist theory. Holmberg is currently working with a project on urban animals and crowding. She is a co-editor of Humanimalia.

Julie McCown is Ph.D. Candidate in English at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Christine Marran is an associate professor of Japanese literature and film at the University of Minnesota, specializing in ecocriticism and gender studies. Since the publication of her first book on gender in literary and medical discourse (Poison Woman: Figuring Female Transgression in Modern Japanese Culture, University of Minnesota Press, 2007), Marran writes about environment, aesthetics, and animals in literature and visual culture. She is currently completing a book manuscript on what she calls “biotropes” in Japanese literature and film. She has published in Japan at Nature’s Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power, and the journals Environmental History, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Mechademia and elsewhere.

Eva Meijer is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam. In her dissertation, which is titled Political Animal Voices, she aims to develop a theory of political animal voice. She also works as a visual artist, writer of novels and short stories, and singer-songwriter.

Rodolfo Piskorski is a PhD student at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. His research interests are mainly the intersections between animality and literature, with special focus on literary theory and textuality. He has published and presented on literary animal studies, Derrida, film, and Brazilian literature.

Rachel Poliquin is a writer and curator dedicating to the exploration of all things orderly and disorderly in the natural world.  She is the author of The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing (Penn State Press, 2012) and ravishingbeasts.com. She is currently writing about beavers for Reaktion Book’s Animal Series. 

Emily Snyder is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow with the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. Her work on animal-human relations was part of a sub-specialization done during her PhD in Sociology at the University of Alberta. Her primary research area is on indigenous laws, feminisms, and gender, with her dissertation focusing on representations of gender in materials about Cree law, and her postdoctoral work focusing on indigenous feminist legal pedagogy. Interests in conflict, power, representation, aesthetics, and art circulate throughout Snyder’s work.

Dr Kirrilly Thompson is a cultural anthropologist and senior research fellow in CQUni's Appleton Institute in Adelaide, South Australia. Her research interests coalesce around human-animal relations, risk and culture. She has conducted research on mounted bullfighting in Spain (el rejoneo) and show jumping in Europe. Her Australian anthrozoological research projects include pet bed-sharing practices, dog-bite intervention programmes and horse keeping beliefs and behaviours. Kirrilly is currently leading a three year Australian Research Council project titled 'Should I stay or should I go? Increasing natural disaster preparedness and survival through animal attachment' (DECRA 2013). The project will consider ways in which animal attachment can be re-considered as a protective factor for human survival of fires and floods.

Antoine Traisnel is an Assistant Professor of Literary and Cultural Theory in the Department of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. He has published on topics in the fields of American, French and German literature and philosophy, critical theory, cultural studies, and animal studies in such forums as Diacritics, Humanimalia, Presses Universitaires de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, French and Francophone Studies and Théorie Littérature Epistémologie. His book, Blasted Allegories: Après-Coups Critiques de Nathaniel Hawthorne, is forthcoming from the French press Aux Forges de Vulcain.

Sherryl Vint is Professor of Science Fiction Media Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She has published widely on science fiction, including Animal Alterity, a book about animals in the genre. She edits the journals Science Fiction Film and Television and Science Fiction Studies. She is a co-editor of Humanimalia.