Keri Cronin

Associate Professor, Art History

Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals.

PhD Queen’s University
Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
Office: MW335
905 688 5550 x5306

I am a historian of visual culture which means I’m interested in exploring the ways in which images shape and challenge dominant ideas in our society. I teach a range of courses relating to the history and study of visual culture including 19th century visual culture, and a special topics class on the representation of animals which is also the focus of my current research. I’ve recently published a book with Penn State University Press called Art for Animals which explores some of the ways in which visual culture and animal rights intersected in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I am currently working on some research projects that look at the ways in which representations of animals in the 21st century are linked to changing ideas about the way we treat and live with them.

J. Keri Cronin, Art for Animals: Visual Culture and Animal Advocacy, 1870-1914. Penn State University Press, 2018.

J. Keri Cronin, “‘And Has Not Art Promoted Our Work Also’: Visual Culture in Animal-Human History.” In Routledge Handbook for Animal-Human Histories, edited by Hilda Kean & Philip Howell, 251-272. Routledge, 2018.

J. Keri Cronin, Tim Fowler, and Doug Hagar, “When Neglect Isn’t Working Anymore: The Unlikely Success of The Tuxedo Party.” Society & Animals 26 (2018): 1-29.

J. Keri Cronin and Lisa Kramer, “Challenging the Iconography of Oppression: Confronting Speciesism Through Art and Visual Culture.” Journal of Animal Ethics 8 no. 1 (Spring 2018): 80-92.

J. Keri Cronin, “Bearing Witness to Climate Change: The Edge of the Earth at the Ryerson Image Centre.” Topia 38 (Fall 2017): 179-186.

•J. Keri Cronin, “‘Popular Affection’: Edwin Landseer and 19th Century Animal Protection Campaigns.” In Animal Subjects 2.0, edited by Jodey Castricano & Lauren Corman, 81-108. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016.