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Natalie Khazaal

is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and an American Council of Learned Societies (acls) fellow for her work on Arab atheists. She studies the links among disenfranchisement, media, and language, and has published several articles on speciesism in the US and Spanish media and EU policy on vivisection. Dr. Khazaal is the author of Pretty Liar: Television, Language, and Gender in Wartime Lebanon (Syracuse, 2018) and a contributor for Global Media and Strategic Narratives of Contested Democracy (Routledge, 2019). She is a board member of Ideas Without Borders, and was the founding faculty advisor for No Lost Generation-Texas, a student advocacy organization on refugees.

Núria Almiron

is an Associate Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (upf) in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Almiron’s main research areas are critical animal and media studies, the ethics and political economy of communication, interest groups, and advocacy regarding the climate emergency and nonhuman animals’ oppression. She has published more than 50 peer- reviewed articles and is an author, co-author, or editor of 30 volumes, including the co-edited books Critical Animal and Media Studies (2016, Routledge) and Public Relations and Climate Change Denial (2020, Routledge). She is the co-director of the upf-Centre for Animal Ethics, the director of THINKClima Research Project and the director of the MA in International Studies in Media, Power, and Difference.

Garrett Bunyak

is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Tech. His research explores animals and animality in relation to social inequalities and configurations of power. His work is featured in journals such as Society and Animals, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Humanimalia.

Atsuko Matsuoka

is a Professor at the School of Social Work, York University, Canada. Her research addresses the importance of understanding intersectionality of oppression among immigrants, ethnic older adults, and other animals. In promoting consideration for human-nonhuman relationships in social work, her current research examines trans-species social justice (social justice beyond human animals) and social work, which is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She co-edited with John Sorenson, Dog’s Best Friend?: Rethinking Canid-Human Relations (2019), Critical Animal Studies: Toward Trans-Species Social Justice (2018), Defining Critical Animal Studies (2014), and Ghosts and Shadows: Constructions of identity and community in an African diaspora (2001).

John Sorenson

is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brock University, Canada where he teaches courses in Critical Animal Studies. He has written and edited numerous books and articles on animal rights and various aspects of human-nonhuman relationships. Recent books are Dog’s Best Friend?: Rethinking Canid-Human Relations and Critical Animal Studies: Towards Trans-Species Social Justice (both co-edited with Atsuko Matsuoka).

Debra Merskin

is a Professor in the School of Journalism & Communication at the University of Oregon. Her expertise is in the re-presentation of animals in media and popular culture and the psychological process of speciest attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Her latest book is Seeing Species: Re-presentations of Animals in the Media and Popular Culture (2018). She is active in the animal rights community serving as an advisory board member for the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, Predator Defense, and The Humane Education Coalition. Along with Dr. Carrie Freeman, she co-founded the website and media style guide site animalsandmedia.org.

Erin M. Evans

is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at San Diego Mesa College and Chair-Elect of the Animals & Society section of the American Sociological Association. Her research specializations are social movements, animal advocacy, and institutionalization. Specifically, she interrogates incrementalism as an approach to policy change and identifies the effects of institutionalizing activists’ demands through laws and policies. This work can be found in publications like Social Movement Studies (2019, 2015), Sociological Perspectives (2020, 2016), Society & Animals (2020, 2010), and edited volumes like these.

Charlotte E. Blattner

is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Law School’s Animal Law & Policy Program, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, to explore critical intersections of animal and environmental law. She earned her Ph.D. in Law from the University of Basel, Switzerland, as part of the doctoral program Law and Animals, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship for Animal Studies at Queen’s University, Canada, from 2017–8. Her books include Protecting Animals Within and Across Borders (oup 2019) and Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice? (oup 2020, coedited with Will Kymlicka and Kendra Coulter).

Steven Best

is an award-winning writer, noted international speaker, public intellectual, co-founder of critical animal studies, and seasoned activist with over 30 years of experience in diverse political movements. Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, El Paso, Best has published 14 books and over 200 articles and reviews on a wide range of topics. For his uncompromising advocacy of “total liberation” (humans, nonhuman animals, and the Earth), he has been denounced before Congress and banned from the UK for life. Best aspires to show what philosophy means in a world in crisis.

Sezen Ergin Zengin

received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Hacettepe University, Turkey. Her dissertation investigates changing power relations between humans and other animals through an analysis of discourse. Her research and publications concern the manifestation and legitimization of power through discourse in a wide array of topics such as agribusiness, zoos, and literature. She is currently working on the symbolic construction of manhood through meat-eating.

Laura Fernández

is a Critical Animal Studies researcher. She has a ba in social and cultural anthropology (Autonomous University of Madrid), ma in International Studies in media, power, and difference (Pompeu Fabra University) and she is currently doing doctoral research in communication about strategic visual communication and moral shocks in the international animal liberation movement (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). She is a member of the Critical Communication Research Group (CritiCC) and the research assistant of the Centre for Animal Ethics in Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She is also the author of the book Hacia Mundos más Animales (Towards More Animal Worlds) published in 2018 by Editorial Ochodoscuatro.

Claire Parkinson

is Professor of Film, Television, and Digital Media at Edge Hill University. She founded the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS), which she co-directs. Her research interests focus on multispecies storytelling; media, culture, and Critical Animal Studies; activism; cultural history; and film and politics. Her work on nonhuman animals, media, and culture spans over two decades and has been published widely in books and journals. She is the author or editor of six books including Popular Media and Animals, Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism and Animals, Anthropomorphism and Mediated Encounters.

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