Ann Anagnost is Professor of Anthropology and Chinese Studies at the University of Washington. She teaches courses in food studies: Anth 212: The Cultural Politics of Diet and Nutrition, Anth 361: The Anthropology of Food, and Anth 431: The Culture and Politics of Food in Italy (a study abroad program in Rome). Her current research interests are focused on ethics of self-care in late capitalism through food and eating. Her previous research examined shifts in ideal citizenship in the context of China’s economic reforms. She is the author of National Past-Times: Narrative, Representation, and Power in Modern China (Duke University Press, 1997) and co-editor of Global Futures in East Asia: Youth, Nation, and the New Economy in Uncertain Times (Stanford University Press, 2012).
Lawrence Cushnie is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at UW. His interests include political theory, environmental politics, and non-traditional social movements. His current work considers the place of property rights in the American tradition and how their expansion and destruction create political space for militant and revolutionary activism
Christine DiStefano is faculty in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. Read more about her on her faculty page.
Karen Emmerman received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Washington in March 2012 having written a dissertation on feminist animal ethics. Her dissertation work examined how to think about and approach human/animal conflicts of interest. Along with Maria Elena Garcia and Katie Gillespie, Karen helped organize the Animal Studies working group at the UW. A long-time animal activist, Karen is interested in how academic work on human/animal relations can help shape the way people outside the academy view their relationships with nonhumans.
María Elena García is faculty in International Studies and the Comparative History of Ideas program at the University of Washington. Read more about her on her faculty page.
Kathryn (Katie) Gillespie is currently a doctoral candidate in Geography at the University of Washington. Building on her MA thesis that worked to reconceptualize ‘humane slaughter’ in the U.S. meat industry, her dissertation offers a comparative analysis of the lives of cows living in the dairy industry (at small– and industrial-scales) and those living in sanctuary. Her work aims to bring together geography and critical animal studies to understand more fully the lives of cows in the dairy industry.
Catherine Hagan, DVM, PhD is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington. She is a veterinarian-scientist trained in comparative pathology and molecular and cellular biology who studies brain innate immunity and neurologic disease. She is also interested in animal welfare, the responsible conduct of animal research, and human-animal interactions in the research setting.
Lauren Hartzell Nichols is acting assistant professor in the Program on Values in Society and the Program on Environment at the University of Washington. Read more about her here.
Steve Herbert is faculty in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. Read more about him on his faculty page.
Lucy Jarosz is faculty in the Department of Geography. Read more about her on her faculty page.
José Antonio (Tony) Lucero is associate professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, where he is also Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. Lucero’s main research and teaching interests include Indigenous politics, social movements, Latin American politics, borderlands, and the intersections of human and non-human agencies. Lucero is the author of Struggles of Voice: The Politics of Indigenous Representation in the Andes (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008) and the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Indigenous Peoples Politics (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He has written on non-human animal cultural politics (with María Elena García) in Peru and is at work on a new project on extractive industry and cosmopolitics in Peru. Among the courses he teaches that examine non-human animal questions are: SISLA 492 Social Movements in the Americas and SIS 201 Cultural Interactions in an Interdependent World.
Louisa Mackenzie is faculty in the Division of French and Italian Studies at the University of Washington. Read more about her on her faculty page.
Michelle Martínez is a staff member with University of Washington Information Technology and contributes to the technical side of the UW Animal Studies effort. She received her undergraduate degree in Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Anthrozoology through Canisius College.
Tessa Nesbit recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Comparative History of Ideas and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. A lifelong vegetarian and later vegan, she has advocated on behalf of animals since a young age. She has written numerous papers on human-animal studies including topics such as animals in children’s media, effective animal rights activism, and the inconsistent ways that humans treat animals in the United States. She was also the co-president of UW’s Campus Animal Rights Educators for two years. Currently, Tessa works for YMCA Camp Orkila inspiring youth to be engaged citizens as well as educating youth about the environment.
Glenda Pearson is the University of Washington Animal Studies librarian who is available for library research help on all aspects of animal rights and welfare. She is also the co-founder of BaaHaus Animal Rescue Group, a permanent home sanctuary for farm animals, located on Vashon Island. See www.baahaus.org and http://guides.lib.washington.edu/animalstudies for more information.
Sara van Fleet received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the UW in 1998. In addition to being the Associate Director of the Southeast Asia Center at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Sara is an avid gardener. She lives on Vashon Island where she teaches classes on gardening for birds and wildlife for the local Audubon Society, garden groups and conservation groups. Her work on wildlife gardening has been published in Fine Gardening magazine and she has also written pieces on gardening and wildlife for the local Vashon paper. She volunteers at the Vashon Island Pet Protectors and is working to strengthen their policies on keeping cats indoors.
Joel Walker is faculty in the Department of History at the University of Washington. Read more about him on his faculty page.
Richard Watts is faculty in the Division of French and Italian Studies at the University of Washington. Read more about him on his faculty page.