Human-Animal Studies Fellowship
Meet the 2015 Fellows!
The 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
fellowship is designed to support recipients' individual research in
human-animal studies as well as to promote interdisciplinary exchange among the
fellows. Fellows are expected to participate in a weekly discussion group as
well as ongoing scholarly exchange with other fellows. Fellows should expect a diversity of
approaches, projects, and commitments to animal protection issues. All fellows
must be in continuous residence for the duration of the program, June 1-June 30, inclusive.
fellowship will open with an orientation, and a one and a half day workshop on
June 1-2, 2015.
workshop, two special guests, Ralph Acampora and Kristen Stilt, will come to
Wesleyan to present their own work, and to discuss fellows' projects. We
encourage proposals whose methods, aims, or research topics might relate to
those of our featured speakers.
Ralph Acampora is an
Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hofstra University, and teaches
in the areas of applied ethics and history of modern philosophy. He conducts
research in the fields of environmental philosophy, bioethics, and animal
studies. After earning a B.A./M.A. at CUNY, Acampora gained his doctorate at
Emory University (writing a dissertation on inter-species ethics and
phenomenology of body). He has authored Corporal
Compassion: Animal Ethics and Philosophy of Body
(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006, co-edited A Nietzschean Bestiary (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), has published work in a
variety of books and journals, referees for Environmental Ethics and for the Journal of Critical Animal Studies, and is a member of the editorial board for Society
& Animals as well as Humanimalia.
Recent interests of his include the hermeneutics of spectatorship at zoos,
moral issues pertaining to the built, including biotechnical environment, and
the ontological status of nature.
Kristen Stilt is a Professor of Law at
Harvard Law School where sheserves as Co-Director of the Islamic Legal
Studies Program. She will also be building the animal law program,
looking at synergies between law, religion, and animal studies. Before
moving to Harvard Law School in 2014, sheheld dual appointments at Northwestern's
Law School and history department. She has received grants from Fulbright,
Fulbright-Hays, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Mellon Foundation,
the U.S. Department of Education, and the Carnegie Corporation.
Her first book, Islamic
Law in Action: Authority, Discretion, and Everyday Experiences in Mamluk Egypt,
was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Professor Stilt has volunteered for the Nonhuman Rights Project, and has long been interested in animals,
beginning when she was a graduate student in Egypt where she was involved in
forming the Egyptian Society for Mercy for Animals (ESMA). Stilt believes
"that the lives of animals cannot be prioritized according to national
boundaries and that if we find a way to make a real difference, we should act
upon it, regardless of where it is."
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
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.
Chloe Diamond-Lenow, PhD Candidate, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Boundary Affects: Race, Gender, Sex and Species in the 'War on Terror'"
Jan Dutkiewicz, PhD Candidate, Politics, New School for Research
"Capitalist Pigs: Animal Commodities and the Politics of Value"
Laura Perry, PhD Candidate, Literary Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Scapegoats: the agricultural logic that shaped the suburban imaginary"
Marianna Szczygielska, PhD Candidate, Gender Studies, Central European University in Budapest
"Queer(ing) Naturecultures. The study of Zoo Animals"
Sponsor: Feminist Animal Studies fellowship in honor of Marti Kheel
Erica Tom, PhD Candidate, American Studies, Rutgers University
"Power, Race, and Gender in 'Natural Horsemanship': Prey-Identified Masculinity and Other Productions of Empathy"
Corey Waters, PhD Candidate, Sociology, Temple University
"To V or Not to V: Narratives, Networks, and Contingencies of Veganism"
Sponsor: NYU Animal Studies
Justyna WA?odarczyk, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw, Institute of English Studies
"Cultural History of Dog Training from the 1870s to the Present through the Frames of Ethics and Biopolitics"
Sponsor: National Canine Research CouncilSpecial thanks to our endowed
sponsors: The Humane Society of the United States and the National Canine
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!
Find out what the fellows have produced since the fellowship here!
And read Animals, the blog created by fellowship hosts Lori Gruen and Kari Weil and authored by a selection of former fellows!