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).

Christine Biermann is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Washington. She is a nature-society geographer who studies the politics of ecological restoration and de-extinction projects. Her work draws on both postcolonial and post-humanist perspectives to better understand how plants, animals, and ecosystems are protected and produced in the 21st century.

Hailey Burgess is in her 2nd year as a pre-doctoral candidate in the Division of French & Italian Studies at the University of Washington. While she arrived with a focus in 19th century literature and the daily paper in France, she recently conducted research on oral correction in the French language classroom with Dr. Maya Smith. She’s recently shifted her focus to Animal Studies, and hopes to consider the “animal side” and shared suffering between humans and animals as she returns to 19th century literature for her dissertation starting next fall.

Lawrence Cushnie is a full-time instructor at Seattle University.  He received his PhD from 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.

Annie Dwyer is currently a lecturer at the University of Washington in the Comparative History of Ideas Program. She completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington in 2014. Her work explores the interrelationships between emergences in human-animal relationships and transformations in the structuration of U.S. racialized heteropatriarchy from abolition through to the beginnings of the long Civil Rights era.

Karen S. Emmerman earned her doctorate in philosophy in 2012 from the University of Washington, with a focus on ecofeminist animal ethics.  In her research Karen examines inter-species conflicts of interest: she is particularly concerned with how to account for the robustness of human interests without trumping animals’ interests in cases of conflict. Karen is an adjunct lecturer in the UW Philosophy department and Comparative History of Ideas program, co-organizer of the University of Washington Critical Animal Studies Working Group, and board member of the UW Center for Philosophy for Children.  She also teaches philosophy to K-12 students in public schools; in 2014-2015 she is Philosopher-in-Residence at John Muir Elementary in Seattle, Washington.  Karen’s CV

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 a lecturer at the University of Washington in Geography, the Honors Program and the Comparative History of Ideas Program. Her work explores structures of power and privilege related to nonhuman animal lives, bodies and deaths. She is working on a book, The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 [under contract with University of Chicago Press], about the (un)grievable lives of cows in dairy production in the Pacific Northwestern United States. She is co-editor of Critical Animal Geographies: Politics, Intersections and Hierarchies in a Multispecies World [Routledge, 2015] and Economies of Death: Economic Logics of Killable Life and Grievable Death [Routledge, 2015], and has articles published or forthcoming in Gender, Place and Culture, The Journal for Critical Animal Studies and The Brock Review

Carol Guess is Professor of English at Western Washington University, where she teaches Creative Writing and Queer Studies. She is the author of fourteen books of poetry and prose, including Darling Endangered, Doll Studies: Forensics, and Tinderbox Lawn. She is interested in the intersection of Critical Animal Studies and Creative Writing; her forthcoming short story collection With Animal (co-written with Kelly Magee) imagines humans who give birth to animal babies. At WWU she is developing creative writing workshops based on critical approaches to nonhuman animal lives.

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.

Skye Naslund is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography.  Though she originally came to her research through a lens of health geography, her work examines parasite-host relationships and the ways in which parasites and other non-charismatic organisms are overwritten within biomedical research and practice.  Troubling the abjection and disgust that are often expressed toward parasites, Naslund considers parasites as companion species and as (in)significant and intimate others.

Lauren Hartzell Nichols is a part-time lecturer 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. She teaches a graduate seminar, “Animal Studies in French and Francophone Contexts”. She is co-editor of French Thinking about Animals [Michigan State University Press, 2015]. 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.

Will McKeithen is in his first year as a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. His intellectual interests sit at the nexus of human-animal relations, queer feminist theory, and ecocriticism. Past projects have examined the ‘crazy cat lady’ stereotype and its norms of species, intimacy, and care; the political ecology of commodified parasites for biotechnology; and the cultural meanings surrounding ‘gay’ animals in zoos.

Rae Leigh Nickerson is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington majoring in Comparative History of Ideas, with a focus in wildlife biology and inter-species conflict zones. Her current research focuses on the return of grey wolves to the Pacific Northwest using postcolonial and post-humanist frameworks.

Sabine Noellgen is Instructor of German at the University of Puget Sound. In 2014, she graduated from the Department of Germanics at the University of Washington, with an interdisciplinary dissertation on contemporary German literature and film as seen through a “green” lens, examining perspectives from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, biology, environmental history, and deep ecology. Sabine is the author of the article “Für eine grüne Germanistik: Vorschläge zur Umprofilierung einer Randdisziplin,” and is interested in literary and filmic material that both asks us to reconsider our relationship with non-human nature and to reposition ourselves as human beings in an increasingly environmentally degraded world. Sabine’s CV

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.  Visit the BaaHaus Facebook page and the Animal Studies Library Resource page for more information. Contact: (206.685.1645) or (206.463.2513).

Claudia Serrato is a public scholar and a doctoral candidate in the program of Sociocultural and Medical Anthropology. Her work builds on critical food and animal studies by offering decolonial and Indigenous food ecological perspectives. Ancestral Memory is at the heart of her dissertation research, which is an epistemological project of Indigenous ethnogastronomies. She is presently teaching a course for CHID titled, Decolonizing the Diet: Towards an Indigenous Veganism. Claudia has published with the Journal of Critical Animal Studies and in multiple community zines. She blogs for Decolonial Food For Thought and can be found on social media at

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.

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