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The ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies Fellowship



About The ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies Fellowship

The ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies Fellowship was started by the Animals and Society Institute (ASI) in 2007 and enables 6-8 fellows to pursue research in residence at Wesleyan University at the College of the Environment. In 2010, ASI began a partnership with Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, which now hosts the fellowship. Wesleyan is a selective private, coeducational, non-sectarian school of liberal arts and sciences known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs. Wesleyan’s College of the Environment was created in 2009 with a belief in the resilience of the human spirit and a desire to engage students and scholars in discussions about environmental issues and their social and political impact. The fellowship is designed to support recipients’ individual research in human-animal studies as well as to promote interdisciplinary exchange among the fellows.

In 2016, we are skipping our regular fellowship and are instead hosting a 10th anniversary conference, featuring papers and panels given by our former fellows. The conference is tentatively scheduled for October 2016. Please keep your eye on this page for more information!

Fellowship Directors

The fellowship is directed by Lori Gruen and Kari Weil (who host the Program), Margo DeMello, and Kenneth Shapiro

Lori Gruen is Professor and Chair of Philosophy, and Professor of 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 three books on animal ethics, including Entangled Empathy (Lantern, forthcoming) and Ethics and Animals:An Introduction (Cambridge, 2011), the co-editor of five books, including 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..

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.

Margo DeMello 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 (2010), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (2012), and Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing (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 The Assessment and Treatment of Children who Abuse Animals: The AniCare Approach.

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Special thanks to our endowed sponsors: The Humane Society of the United States and the National Canine Research Council.

Find out what publications the fellows have produced!

Meet the 2015 ASI-WAS Fellows and see their bios and photos here!

Meet the 2014 ASI-WAS Fellows and see their bios and photos 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!