Animals and Justice Research Group

Welcome! This page highlights animals and social justice people, research, and courses at Brock.

CHYS 4P08 — Companion Animals in the Lives of Children and Youth
ENGL 4P91 — Animal Studies and Literature
LABR/SOCI 2Q95 — Animals at Work
POLI 3P37 — The Politics of Human-Animal Relations
SOCI 2P85 — Animals and Human Society
SOCI 3P65 — Animals and the Law
SOCI 3P75 — Sociology of Animal Agriculture
SOCI 3P85 — Animals in Cross-Cultural Perspective

SOCI 3P87 — Sociology of Human-Canid Interactions
SOCI 3P95 — Sociology of Wildlife
SOCI 4P65 — Animals and the Law
SOCI 4P80 — Critical Animal Studies
SOCI 4P85 — Animals and Human Societies
TREN 3P96 — Tourism, Animals and Ethics
VISA 3P98 — Special Studies in Visual Culture: Picturing Animals

Photo credit: Peter Power

Dr. Kendra Coulter

Associate Professor
Centre for Labour Studies

I study labour involving animals, including the work done with, by, and for animals. I am committed to scholarship that improves human and animal lives, and that helps foster sustainable and solidaristic societies. In that spirit, I am developing a project on how to conceptualize, expand, and create what I call humane jobs: jobs that are good for people and for animals. I teach Brock’s unique Animals at Work course, and am the author of Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity (Forthcoming 2015).

Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

Dr. Keri Cronin

Associate Professor
Visual Arts

My research focuses on the ways in which visual culture and animal advocacy intersect. I’m currently completing a book manuscript on the ways in which animal welfare, animal rights, and anti-vivisection activists used art and other imagery in England and North America between 1875-1914. I teach a senior-level undergraduate course called “Picturing Animals.”

Dr. Stefan Dolgert

Assistant Professor specializing in Political Theory
Political Science

I am a posthumanist political theorist, and I study and teach ancient and contemporary texts that challenge the preeminence of human beings.  I have two manuscripts in progress: The Sirens of Equality: Politics, Sacrifice, and the Limits of Animal Rights, a friendly critique of the “all animals are equal” framework; and The Posthuman Greeks: Our Radical Animal Past and the Zoopolis to Come, on Homer, Plato, and Aristotle as posthumanist thinkers.  In addition I am also editing an introduction to posthumanist politics for Rowman & Littlefield, So You Want to Be a Posthuman: A Guide to Politics for 2216 and Beyond.  I regularly teach a graduate seminar in posthumanist theory, and next year I will inaugurate the only undergraduate course in Canada solely devoted to the political agency of nonhuman animals, “Animals Sex Power.”

Dr. David A. Fennell

Professor, Department of Tourism Management
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My main focus, both in research and teaching, is on ecotourism as well as the moral issues tied to the use of animals in the tourism industry. I have published widely in these areas, including several monographs on ecotourism as well as the field’s first comprehensive work on tourism, animals and ethics. A major thrust of my research involves the use of theory from other disciplines (e.g., biology, philosophy) to gain traction on many of tourism’s most persistent issues and problems. I am the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ecotourism, and continue to work as an active member on editorial boards of many academic journals.