Human-Animal Studies Fellowship
The Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies co-host the ASI-WAS fellowship program for scholars pursuing research in
Human-Animal Studies, the only program of its kind in the world.
This interdisciplinary program enables 6-8 fellows to
pursue research in residence at Wesleyan University at the College of the Environment. The
fellowship is hosted by Wesleyan faculty Lori Gruen and Kari Weil.
Gruen is Chair and Professor of philosophy, environmental studies, and feminist,
gender and sexuality studies at Wesleyan, and Weil is a University Professor of Letters at Wesleyan.
The fellowship is designed to
support recipients' individual research through mentorship, guest
lectures, and scholarly exchange among fellows and opportunities to
contribute to the intellectual life of the host institution. Fellowship Directors
The fellowship is directed by Lori Gruen and Kari Weil (who host the Program), Margo DeMello, and Kenneth ShapiroLori Gruen
is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University Her work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animals. She has published extensively on topics in ecofeminist ethics, animal ethics, and environmental philosophy. She is the author of two books on animal ethics, most recently Ethics and Animals: An Introduction
(Cambridge, 2011), the co-editor of five books, including the forthcoming Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth
(with Carol Adams, Bloomsbury, 2014), the editor of The Ethics of Captivity
(Oxford University Press, 2014), and is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a manuscript that explores the ethical and epistemological issues raised by human relations to captive chimpanzees. Kari Weil
is University Professor of Letters and Director of the College of Letters at Wesleyan. With Lori Gruen, she is co-coordinator of Wesleyan Animal Studies, co-host of the Fellowship, and co-editor of a special issue of Hypatia
entitled Animal Others (27.3, Summer 2012). She is the author, most recently, of Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now
? (Columbia, 2012) and has published widely on issues of gender, feminist theory, and representations of animal otherness. Her current project is tentatively titled The Most Beautiful Conquest of Man (sic): Horses and the Conquest of Animal Nature in Nineteenth-Century France.
is Program Director of the Human-Animal Studies Program at the Animals and Society Institute, is an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College's Anthrozoology program, and lectures at Central New Mexico Community College. She also is the Executive Director of House Rabbit Society, an international rabbit advocacy organization. Her most recent books include Teaching the Animal: Human Animal Studies Across the Disciplines
(Lantern, 2010), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies
(Columbia, 2012), and Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing
(Routledge, 2012).Kenneth Shapiro
is cofounder and President of the board of the Animals and Society Institute. He is founding editor of Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
, and coeditor and cofounder of Journal for Applied Animal Welfare Science
and the editor of the Human-Animal Studies book series. His most recent book is Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy
. He is one of the developers of AniCare and AniCare Child, the only psychological treatment models for animal abusers, and trains therapists throughout the country on the use of these models. Meet the 2014 ASI-WAS Fellows
and see their bios and photos here
Read about their completed projects here!
Meet the 2013 ASI-WAS Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2012 ASI-WAS Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2011 ASI-WAS Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2010 Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2009 Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2008 Fellows!
Meet the 2007 Fellows!
And read Animals, the blog created by fellowship hosts Lori Gruen and Kari Weil and authored by a selection of former fellows!