Volume 10, Number 1 - Fall 2018


Karin Bolender (aka K-Haw Hart) is an artist-researcher who seeks “untold” stories within muddy meshes of mammals, plants, microbes, and many others. As principal investigator of the Rural Alchemy Workshop (R.A.W.), she explores dirty words and entangled wisdoms of earthly bodies through performance, writing, video, and sound. In the company of she-asses Aliass and Passenger, and a far-flung herd of creative collaborators, the R.A.W. cultivates experimental forays like R.A.W. Assmilk Soap, She-Haw TranshumanceGut Sounds Lullaby, and The Unnaming of Aliass

Scout Calvert is the data librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. Her recent projects have traced the social aspects of data-centric knowledge production in lay communities of genealogists, livestock breeders, and citizen scientists. Dr. Calvert also investigates data and metadata practices in libraries and among academic researchers, exploring emerging research methods afforded by new forms of data and informing data policy issues in academic libraries.

Chris Dolle is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Iowa with research interests in posthumanism, the environmental humanities, and critical digital studies. Broadly speaking, much of his work focuses on the ways in which contemporary literature, digital media, and culture intersect. He is currently working on his dissertation exploring the role of animals and animal stories across a range of topics, from the culture of hunting, to the ethics of zoos, to the transmission of animal memes and their influence on contemporary politics.

Carrie P. Freeman is Associate Professor of Communication at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she teaches media ethics and environmental communication, and hosts local eco and animal protection radio shows. Her books include Framing Farming: Communicating Strategies for Animal Rights (2014, Rodopi Press) and a co-edited volume, Critical Animal & Media Studies (2015, Routledge). She is currently working on a book for UGA Press on how social movements can promote a Human Animal Earthling identity.

Paul Hansen is a Specially Appointed Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at Hokkaido University, Japan. He completed a PhD in anthropology at the University of London’s SOAS, Post–doctoral research based at Hokkaido University and The Japanese Museum of Ethnology, and has lectured in anthropology at the University of Calgary and Tsukuba University. His research focuses on animal-human-technology relationships and the embodied, ethical, and affective permutations of such interrelations in Japan and Jamaica. Recent publications include Escaping Japan: Reflections on Estrangement and Exile in the Twenty-First Century, a 2018 co-edited book with Blai Guarné (London: Routledge), “Linking Cosmopolitan and Multispecies Touch in Contemporary Japan,” an article forthcoming in the journal Japan Forum, and a co-edited and ongoing blog with Gergely Mohacsi and Émile St.Pierre entitled More-Than-Human Worlds hosted by the Journal NatureCulture.

Ann-Sofie Lönngren is a Ph.d. and Associate Professor in Literature, who is currently employed at Södertörn University College in Stockholm, Sweden. Her research interests include northern-European 20th-century literature, animal studies, interdisciplinarity, queer theory, education, new materialism, and intersectionality. These perspectives are all employed in her most recent book, Following the Animal. Power, Agency, and Human-Animal Transformations in Modern, Northern-European Literature (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

John MacNeill Miller is Assistant Professor of English at Allegheny College, where his teaching and research focus on Victorian literature, animal studies, and the environmental humanities. His essays have appeared in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, PMLA, and Victorian Poetry. He is currently writing a book about scenery and ecology in the Victorian novel.

Richard Nash, Professor of English at Indiana University, is co-author of The Heath and The Horse: A History of Racing and Art on Newmarket Heath (2015), as well as several articles and books on eighteenth-century English literature and culture. He continues working on a revisionist account of the early history of the sport of horse racing.

Nathaniel Otjen is a doctoral student in Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy (Focal Department: English) at the University of Oregon. As a scholar of the environmental humanities, he studies the beings and things that inhabit contemporary literature. He has a particular interest in the ways animals, plants, and material objects function as characters in an emerging literary genre he is calling “multispecies memoir.” The multispecies memoir places narratives of human development alongside the biographies of animals, plants, and materials to tell stories of entanglement and becoming.

Stephanie S. Turner is Professor of English in the Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she teaches courses in visual rhetoric and animals in visual culture. Her forthcoming monograph, Anthropocene Extinction In and Out of View, explores the representational challenges in conservation biology, museum exhibition, and the visual arts presented by the anthropogenic mass extinction of species. 

Jeannette Vaught is a lifelong horsewoman, a former equine veterinary technician, and holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  She teaches courses on gender, culture, and science at California State University-Los Angeles, and writes about a wide range of topics that can be found at the intersection of animals, agriculture, and technology. 

Erica von Essen is a researcher in Environmental Communication, focusing on changing human-animal relations in modernity, particularly as manifested in hunting and wildlife management sectors in post-industrial societies. Her work spans philosophy, (animal) ethics, sociology, and rural studies journals.    

Martin Wallen is a member of the English Faculty at Oklahoma State University.  He has published books on Coleridge, Schelling, foxes, and dogs.

Michael Worboys is Emeritus Professor in the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. He has worked on science and British colonial imperialism, the development of germ theories of disease, the history of communicable diseases, and, latterly, on chronic diseases. His most recent book, co-authored with Julie-Marie Strange and Neil Pemberton, is The Invention of the Modern Dog: Breed and Blood in Victorian Britain (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018).