Volume 11, Number 2 - Spring 2020


Jared Beverly is a Ph.D. candidate in Bible, Culture, and Hermeneutics at Chicago Theological Seminary. His focus is the Hebrew Bible, and his interests include animal studies and queer theory. He is currently writing his dissertation on animals in the love poetry of the Song of Songs.

Roland Borgards is Professor of German Literature at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His books include a German handbook on Animal Studies (Tiere. Kulturwissenschaftliches Handbuch) and, as Guest-Editor of the Journal for Literary Theory 9/2 (2015), the special issue on Cultural and Literary Animal Studies.

Irus Braverman is Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Geography at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. She is author of Planted Flags: Trees, Land, and Law in Israel/Palestine (2009), Zooland: The Institution of Captivity (2012),and Wild Life: The Institution of Nature (2015). Her latest monograph, Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the Brink was published by the University of California Press in 2018. Braverman is currently finalizing a book on zoo veterinarians, forthcoming with Routledge in 2020.

Teya Brooks Pribac is an independent scholar and multidisciplinary artist working between Australia and Europe. Her book Enter the animal: cross-species perspectives on grief and spirituality is forthcoming from Sydney UP. Personal website: www.veganoman.org.

Carol Gigliotti is an author, artist, and scholar whose work focuses on the impact of technology 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, and her book The Creative Lives of Animals is forthcoming.

Joan Gordon is an editor of Science Fiction Studies, a Professor Emerita of Nassau Community College, and a recipient of the SFRA award for lifetime achievement in SF. Most of her current scholarship centers on animal studies and SF.

Janie Hinds is Professor of English and Director of Liberal Studies at the State University of New York, Brockport.  She has published on several early American writers, including Charles Brockden Brown and Olaudah Equiano, and on popular culture, Gothic Fiction, and the works of Thomas Pynchon.  Beginning with “Deb’s Dogs: Animals, Indians, and Postcolonial Desire in Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly” (2004), her work has increasingly focused on Critical Animal Studies.

Philip Howell is Reader in Historical Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK. He specializes in the historical geography of animal-human relations, and has contributed to the field of animal history and animal studies with his monograph At Home and Astray: the Domestic Dog in Victorian Britain (U Virginia P, 2015) and as editor of two recent collections on animal-human history.

Douglas Leatherland completed his PhD in English Studies at Durham University. His research focuses on anthropomorphism in children’s and young adult fiction, fantasy fiction, allegory, myth, and posthumanist approaches to literature.  

Jérôme Michalon is a researcher in Sociology at The French National Centre for Scientific Research. He’s currently working at the Triangle laboratory (UMR 5206 – University of Lyon). His research interests are human-animal relationships, science studies, sociology of mobilization, and sociology of health. His work consists of a sociological exploration of social dynamics within the “benevolence towards animals’ communities.” His PhD dissertation about Animal-Assisted Therapies as a social phenomenon was published in 2014 (Panser avec les animaux. Sociologie du soin par le contact animalier, Presses de Mines, Paris). He tries to understand how health care changes the social status of some animals (namely dogs and horses). He’s also working on animal rights activism, and especially the links between advocacy and academia. He has recently published a paper about how social sciences deal with the animal issue : https://booksandideas.net/The-Animal-Cause-and-the-Social-Sciences.html

Aaron M. Moe is a teacher, writer, and independent scholar who lives on the western edge of the Great Plains, right where they meet the Rockies. His interests all gravitate toward the ways stories and poems relate to the health of the planet. His publications include two books: Ecocriticism and the Poiesis of Form: Holding on to Proteus (2019) and Zoopoetics: Animals and the Making of Poetry (2014). His publications also include chapters in The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies and The Educational Significance of Human and Non-Human Animal Interactions as well as several journal articles on zoopoetics/ecopoetics.

Olga Petri is a research fellow at the Geography Department, University of Cambridge, UK. She is interested in the politics and governance of the living and material world of urban environments. Her work contributes to inter-related discussions in historical and cultural animal geography, historical queer studies, and the history of late imperial Russia. She is currently undertaking postdoctoral research funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Isaac Newton Trust under the title “Beastly St Petersburg: humans and other animals in imperial Russia” and working on her first monograph “A city of familiar strangers: a queer history of St. Petersburg.”

Kathryn Renton is Assistant Professor (non tenure track) at Occidental College (Los Angeles) and Research Assistant at the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles). She received her Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a co-founder of the Equine History Collective (www. equinehistory.org). She has contributed articles to The Court Historian, The Sixteenth Century Journal, and Horse Breeds and Human Society: Purity, Identity and the Making of the Modern Horse.

Nigel Rothfels is a historian and author of Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo (2002), editor of Representing Animals (2002), and co-author (with Dick Blau) of Elephant House (2015). He has recently completed a new book about elephants and history that we hope to soon review in Humanimalia.

Judith Still is Professor of French and Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham, and author of Justice and Difference in Rousseau (1993), Feminine Economies: Thinking against the Market in the Enlightenment and the Late Twentieth Century (1997), Derrida and Hospitality (2010, Gapper Prize 2011), Enlightenment Hospitality (2011), and Derrida and Other Animals: the Boundaries of the Human (2015). She is currently working on the French works of the Franco-American Enlightenment writer Crèvecœur, with particular reference to indigenous peoples, enslavement and animals. She is President of the Society for French Studies (UK and Ireland) and a Fellow of the British Academy.