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We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Gala Argent has joined ASI as our new Director of the Human-Animal Studies program, where she will be responsible for communications, and managing existing and developing new ASI programs. Dr. Argent comes to ASI as a lifelong equestrienne and interdisciplinary scholar whose academic work concerns human-nonhuman animal intersections.

Dr. Argent holds a PhD in Archaeology, MA and BA degrees in Communication Studies, and currently teaches or has taught in higher education within departments of Art, Communication Studies, Cultural Anthropology, and Animal Studies. Her research and publishing focus on the interpersonal, intersocial and intercultural relationships between humans and other animals, and on the ways these can be seen to co-create and replicate mutually interdependent selves, identities and practices within various societies, past and present.

Dr. Argent brings experience and a proven track record of success in the policy and communications arenas, which will be invaluable in meeting ASI’s goals and objectives. In another realm of her life, she runs a legal publishing and conference corporation focusing on environmental, natural resources and climate change law and policy. Additionally, she has served as a consultant on policy and strategic planning for clients such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the International Desalination Association, and the California State Lands Commission.

Gala and her husband share their social world with two small parrots, Paulie and Okota, two dogs, Boris and Orion, and three horses, Bud, Shen and Della.

The ASI staff and Board are delighted to have Dr. Argent join ASI and we wish her a great start! Gala can be reached at gala.argent@animalsandsociety.org

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