Lauren Corman

Associate Professor, Sociology

Office: STH 404
905-688-5550 ext. 5080

PhD, York University
MES, York University
BA, University of Manitoba  

Dr. Lauren Corman teaches classes in the areas of Critical Animal Studies and contemporary social theory.  Her intersectional research draws on feminist, anti-racist, posthumanist, post/anti-colonial, and environmental approaches to the “question of the animal.”  Subsequent to her studies on slaughterhouse labour, Dr. Corman’s Ph.D. focused on voice, politics, and the animal rights and liberation movements.  Her current scholarship carries forward these threads to investigate ideas related to agency, resistance, and (interspecies) subjectivity.  As such, her interdisciplinary work bridges the social and natural sciences through cognitive ethology, which explores nonhuman animal cultures and societies.

Broadly, Dr. Corman is interested in coalition-building across social, environmental, and animal movements, and links her work to larger anti-capitalist struggles.  She maintains her longstanding commitments to critical pedagogy, and also publishes in this area.  She hosted and produced the animal advocacy radio show, Animal Voices, for about a decade.  She is currently collaborating with filmmaker Karol Orzechowski (Maximum Tolerated Dose) on a documentary about nonhuman animals and intersectionality.