The co-authors of "Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights," Sherry Colb is the C.S. Wong Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. Michael Dorf is the Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. Read their blog at dorfonlaw.org.
Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy at White Coat Waste Project. Justin has led high-profile, successful grassroots campaigns to expose and end wasteful and cruel animal experiments by tax-funded universities and government agencies. More information at whitecoatwasteproject.org.
Author of anthrozoology's "bible," "Some we Love, Some we Hate, Some we Eat," Hal Herzog has been investigating the complex psychology of our interactions with other species for more than two decades. He is particularly interested in how people negotiate real-world ethical dilemmas, and he has studied animal activists, cockfighters, animal researchers, and circus animal trainers. More info at halherzog.com.
Our first "returning champion," Dr. Lockwood is a professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities at the University of Wyoming. He is the author of "Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War" and "The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects." More info at jeffreylockwoodauthor.com
A pioneer in the field of Human Animal Studies, Paul is a prolific author with expansive expertise in animal law, animal ethics, and animals and religion. Professor and lecturer at Canisius College and Harvard. More detail at paulwadau.com.
Featured in the HBO documentary Unlocking the Cage, Steven is founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project and is the author of four books. More information at nonhumanrightsproject.org.
Since founding PETA, president Ingrid Newkirk has grown the group into the world’s largest animal rights organization. Her passion and dedication to making this world a better place for all living beings has inspired countless others to do what they can to help animals.
As PETA’s president, Ingrid has spoken internationally on animal rights issues—from the steps of the Canadian Parliament to the streets of New Delhi, India, and from the drowning tanks of Taiwan to the halls of the U.S. Congress.
Ingrid is the author of Save the Animals! 101 Easy Things You Can Do, 50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals, The Compassionate Cook, 250 Ways to Make Your Cat Adore You, You Can Save the Animals: 251 Simple Ways to Stop Thoughtless Cruelty, Free the Animals, Making Kind Choices, Let’s Have a Dog Party!, One Can Make a Difference, and The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights. She has also been the subject of the HBO documentary I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA, spoken at many animal rights conferences, and written numerous articles on the treatment of animals in homes, slaughterhouses, circuses, and laboratories.
David Cantor has been a full-time animal advocate since 1989. He founded Responsible Policies for Animals (RPA – www.RPAforAll.org) in 2002. RPA’s pioneering advocacy method is to demand that institutions – news, universities, schools, government, others – stop promoting animal abuse by reinforcing false and harmful beliefs, rather than rely on veganism, speaking out against atrocities, and other methods of standard advocacy shown not to reduce animal abuse. RPA’s goal is equal rights of all animals based on all animals’ innate equality and personhood and the immorality of human tyranny over other animals.
Leah Edgerton is the Executive Director of Animal Charity Evaluators. She has been involved in the effective altruism community since 2011 and has been an animal advocate her whole life. From 2015–2017, she was an integral part of ACE’s communications team. From 2017–2019, she worked at ProVeg International, one of ACE’s Standout Charities. In her role as ProVeg’s Strategy and Internationalization Manager, she conceptualized and grew the China Program and coordinated with external academics to conduct experimental research on meat reduction interventions. She returned to ACE’s team as Executive Director in February 2019.
Jeff Sebo is Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Philosophy and Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University. His current work focuses on the ethics of food, animals, and the environment; and the ethics of activism, advocacy, and philanthropy. He has co-authored Chimpanzee Rights and Food, Animals, and the Environment.
Carl Safina is the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University (where he formerly co-chaired the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science), and he runs the not-for-profit Safina Center. He has also hosted the PBS series Saving the Ocean. He is author of the classic books, Song for the Blue Ocean. and Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel. His latest work, Becoming Wild, is set for publication in April 2020.
Nicole Wilson began her career in animal welfare in 1998 working in the Community Outreach and Humane Education Department of the Humane Society of Washington County, Maryland. While there, she established a behavior hotline to provide a resource for pet parents. In 2001, she moved to the Women’s Humane Society where she was a Humane Educator. In 2003 she became a Humane Society Police Officer, and in 2009, she joined the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team as a Case Manager before moving into her current role as Director of that team.
Paul Shapiro is the author of the Washington Post bestseller, Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World, and the co-host of the Business For Good Podcast. He is a four-time TEDx speaker and has published more than a hundred articles on food sustainability, from daily newspapers to academic journals.
Grace Herbert is the founder and president of Finding Shelter Animal Rescue. She is the 2019 recipient of the HSUS Puppy Mills Campaign Advocates we Love Award and the 2017 Main Line Today Women on the Move award.
Indra Lahiri is the founder of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. She has taught, mentored, coached and keynote addressed tens of thousands of people on a range of topics. Her award-winning blog, which chronicles sacred moments with rescued animals, is followed by tens of thousands of readers on every continent.
Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., award-winning author and educator, is an Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, National Co-coordinator of Save the Kids, and co-founder and Editor of the Peace Studies Journal and Transformative Justice Journal. More information at anthonynocella.org.
Clarissa is the founder and executive director of Pets for Vets, which connects our nation's military veterans with rescued animals. She developed the "Super Bond" program which helps foster compatibility and ensure that veterans and pets create successful and lifelong new beginnings together.
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is president and CEO of The Center for Contemporary Sciences and author of Our Symphony With Animals - On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies. A leader in the fields of animal ethics and neurology, she is a U.S veteran and double-board certified neurologist and preventive medicine specialist, with a background in public health.
Jane Desmond is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Executive Director of the International Forum for US Studies: A Center for the Transnational Study of the United States, which she co-founded. She holds affiliate faculty appointments on campus in Gender and Women's Studies and in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University, and is past president of the global International American Studies Association.
She is the author or editor of five books, including Displaying Death and Animating Life: Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science, and Everyday Life. Prior to her career as a scholar, Desmond was a professional modern dancer and choreographer, and has worked in film and video as well.
Hope Bohanec has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 25 years and has published the book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? She has worked with the national non-profit United Poultry Concerns for close to a decade and is also the Executive Director of Compassionate Living, a California based vegan advocacy organization. Hope is the primary organizer for the annual Conscious Eating Conference at UC Berkeley, Berkeley Earth Day, and the Sonoma County VegFest and co-organizer of the Humane Hoax Online Summit.
Justin Van Kleeck has a Ph.D. in English and is a freelance writer, educator, and community organizer. Justin runs the Triangle Chicken Advocates sanctuary, which they founded with their partner, Roz, in 2014, and which inspired them to start The Microsanctuary Movement together later that year. Along with TCA, Justin currently serves as the Programs Coordinator for Microsanctuary Resource Center. Justin also founded and contributes to the radical vegan blog Striving with Systems.
Ashley Byrne is an associate director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She has overseen several successful PETA campaigns—including some of the most provocative—and will travel anywhere in the world and do whatever it takes to help stop cruelty to animals. Her work to promote animal rights has landed her on national television networks and programs, including CBC News, CNN, CTV News, Fox News, Inside Edition, and MSNBC, as well as NPR. She's been interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the New York Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among others, and her campaigns have been covered by Agence France-Presse, the Associated Press, HuffPost, Reuters, and U.S. News & World Report.
Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, and a past Guggenheim Fellow. In 2000 he was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior. He’s also an ambassador for Jane Goodall's international Roots & Shoots program, in which he works with students of all ages, senior citizens, and prisoners, and he serves as co-chair of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Goodall Institute. He and Jane also co-founded the organization Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He is the author, co-author, or editor of at least 30 books translated into 21 languages and hundreds of essays and articles.
Eric Mills is the founder of Action for Animals, an Oakland, CA-based organization focusing on ending the abusive practices surrounding rodeos. Although his critics write him off as a city slicker, Eric Mills isn't really a big-city guy. He was born in a small town in Kentucky and lived there until moving to Louisville at age ten. Growing up around his grandparents' farm, he felt a natural kinship with animals, became an avid bird-watcher, and was a card-carrying member of the Audubon Society by age ten. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he studied Spanish, French, and art. More information at Bucking Tradition.
Gail F. Melson, Ph.D is Professor Emerita in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Purdue University. Dr. Melson is a noted authority on children’s development and relationships and a leader in the field of Human-Animal Interaction. Her groundbreaking book, "Why the Wild Things Are: Animals in the Lives of Children" remains the definitive work on this topic.
Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., is Executive Director of both Making Good Work and The Grey Muzzle Organization in addition to serving as Director of Human-Animal Programs at the Animals and Society Institute. She has 25 years of experience working with public sector and nonprofit clients, helping them to create strategic plans, write grant proposals, build successful programs, develop evaluation plans, and track outcomes.
After earning her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology, Sheryl Pierre led the Humane Education Department of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Currently, she is adjunct faculty within the graduate program in Anthrozoology at Canisius College and the Animals and Human Health Certificate Program at the University of Denver. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist at Dakhari Psychological Services in Moorestown, NJ,
Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Mosaic, Nautilus, Slate, Businessweek, Scientific American, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Aeon, Psychology Today, and elsewhere. She is the author of Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, and Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind.. Emily has a master’s degree in science writing from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in the history of science and medicine from Yale.
Randy Malamud is Regents’ Professor of English at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he has taught since 1989. He has written 11 books, on such topics as T. S. Eliot, Modernism, travel, and email. Titles include Reading Zoos: Representations of Animals and Captivity, Poetic Animals and Animal Souls, A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age, and An Introduction to Animals and Visual Culture. He is also a life fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.
James Serpell is professor of Animal Welfare & Ethics at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania where he teaches veterinary ethics and animal welfare. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of Animals and Human Society: Changing Perspectives, In the Company of Animals, Companion Animals and Us, and The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior, and Interactions with People. He is also the creator of the widely-used Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire.
Clare Mann has practiced as a psychologist and organisational consultant for over twenty years.
Her focus is on helping people to become conscious leaders of their own lives, and she firmly believes that, “The quality of our relationships and life is directly related to the quality of our communication.” She is the author of numerous books and training programs, including Vystopia: The Anguish of Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World, and Myths of Choice: Why People Won't Change and What You Can Do About It
Siobhan O'Sullivan is an Australian political scientist and political theorist who is currently a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales. Her research has focused, among other things, on animal welfare policy and the welfare state. She is the author of Animals, Equality and Democracy and a coauthor of Getting Welfare to Work. She produces a regular podcast entitled Knowing Animals.
Carlo Siracusa is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Animal Behavior and Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Director of the Animal Behavior Service. Carlo is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, of which he is the President Elect, and by the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavior Medicine. His research interests are focused on canine stress evaluation and control; canine and feline temperament evaluation; prognostic factors and treatment outcome of behavior problems; behavior and cognitive changes in dogs with medical disease.
Eva Meijer is an artist, writer, philosopher and singer-songwriter. She has a PhD in philosophy, taught (animal) philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and is the chair of the Dutch OZSW study group for Animal Ethics, and Minding Animals The Netherlands. More information at evameijer.nl.
Melanie Langlotz is chairman and CEO of GEO AR Games. She and her team develop digital outdoor AR playgrounds. she is currently developing animatronic alternatives for marine parks.
Roger Holzberg is the co-founder and creative director for Reimagine Well, as well as the founder of the organization My Bridge 4 Life. He also previously served as the Creative Director for the National Cancer Institute. For twelve years Roger was a Vice President / Creative Director at The Walt Disney Company, both at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online and at Walt Disney Imagineering.
Congressman Brendan F. Boyle was elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature in 2008, becoming the first Democrat to ever represent his legislative district. In 2014, Congressman Boyle pulled off an upset win over three better funded rivals to be elected to Congress. Now in his third term, Congressman Boyle represents the 2nd congressional district of Pennsylvania which is fully enclosed within the City of Philadelphia. He currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, and on the Select Revenue Subcommittee, Oversight Subcommittee, and Social Security Subcommittee thereof. He also serves on the House Committee on the Budget. More detail at Boyle.House.Gov
Jonathan Balcombe is a biologist with a PhD in ethology, the study of animal behavior. His books include Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, The Exultant Ark, and What a Fish Knows, which became a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into fourteen languages. Formerly Department Chair for Animal Studies with the Humane Society University, and Director of Animal Sentience with The Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, Jonathan works as an independent author and performs editing services for aspiring and established authors. His latest book is Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World's Most Successful Insects More information at jonathan-balcombe.com.
To research books, films and articles, Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire and bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica, worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba and handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana and pooped on by a condor. She is the author of 30 books including The Soul of an Octopus, Condor Comeback, and The Hummingbirds' Gift. More information at symontgomery.com
Jeffrey Cohan is the Executive Director of JewishVeg, an international organization which encourages and helps Jews to embrace plant-based diets as an expression of the Jewish values of compassion for animals, concern for health, and care for the environment. He is also the author of The Beet-Eating Heeb, the leading blog on the theology of veganism. Prior to joining JewishVeg, Jeffrey worked in print and broadcast journalism in four states and three Latin American countries. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Berkeley and his master’s in public management from Carnegie Mellon.
Best-selling author Wendy Williams is a lifelong equestrian who also loves nature and science. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, among others. She is the author of several books, including Krakan and Cape Wind, and The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion. She is currently preparing for the release of her next book: The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect.
Alexandra Horowitz is a professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she teaches seminars in canine cognition, creative nonfiction writing, and audio storytelling. As Senior Research Fellow, she heads the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard. She has long been interested in understanding the umwelt of another animal, and her research and writing is aimed to answer the question of what it is like to be a dog. More information at alexandrahorowitz.net.
Stephanie Boyles Griffin serves as the Science & Policy Director for the Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control (BIWFC) – the Institute aims to advance the use of effective, sustainable fertility control methods to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts and promote coexistence worldwide. She is also the Senior Scientist for the Wildlife Protection Department at The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) where she works with teams responsible for promoting humane, innovative and sustainable wildlife management policies, practices and procedures. She has worked with federal and state agencies, non-governmental agencies, municipalities, corporations, and communities to develop and implement humane, sustainable wildlife management policies and programs.
Peter J. Li is associate professor at University of Houston-Downtown. He teaches international relations, East Asian Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, Politics and Animal Rights, and Contemporary China. His research focuses on China’s animal welfare policies and the country’s animal protection movement at a time of rapid social transformation. Dr. Li has published on China’s wildlife trade, China bound wildlife trafficking, wildlife use and culture/politics, the political and institutional obstacles to wildlife law enforcement, companion animal protection, culture and human-animal relations, animal agriculture and food security, wildlife farming and others. His book Animal Welfare in China: Crisis and Politics Development is forthcoming.
Charles Siebert is a Professor of Practice of Literature and Creative Writing at New York University Abu Dhabi as well as an accomplished essayist, journalist, poet, and author. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times (including 14 magazine cover stories) and has also written for The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and National Geographic, among other publications. In addition to Rough Beasts: The Zanesville Zoo Massacre, his three critically acclaimed memoirs (The Wauchula Woods Accord: Toward A New Understanding of Animals, A Man After His Own Heart, and Wickerby: An Urban Pastoral) and other writings offer insight into our relationships with animals, the natural world, and each other.
Seth Tibbott is the Founder and Chairman of The Tofurky Company and its CEO of 35 years. Using his unconventional approach to business paired with his faith in his product and a deep belief in environmental causes, he has transformed a $2,500 startup into a family-owned global brand worth over $100 million. He is the author of "In Search of the Wild Tofurky: How a Business Misfit Pioneered Plant-Based Foods Before They Were Cool.”
Damien Mander is the founder and CEO of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. An Iraq war veteran who served as a Naval clearance diver and special operations sniper for the Australian Defense Force, he is the winner of the 2019 Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal. His TEDx talk at the Sydney Oprah House has been seen over 7 million times. Look for his National Geographic film "Akashinga," directed by James Cameron, in November.
Will Robinson is an entomologist specializing in honey bees with broad interests in pollination and insect behavior, especially the behavior of Asian honey bees. He has been an instructor in the Biology Department at Casper College since 1991. Since obtaining his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1980, he has worked with bees and other insects in countries on every continent except Antarctica.
Boria Sax holds a doctorate in Intellectual History and German from SUNY Buffalo. He is the author of 15 books, which have been translated into eight languages. His books Animals in the Third Reich (2,000), The Mythical Zoo (2001), were both named by the Journal Choice as among the “outstanding academic titles” of the year. His book City of Ravens was named to the list of “notable books of 2012” by Audubon Magazine as well as to Barnes & Noble’s list of “Top Five Books on London” in 2012. His most recent books include Imaginary Animals (2013), a new edition of The Mythical Zoo (2013), a collection of poems and fiction entitled The Raven and the Sun and a memoir entitled Stealing Fire (2014).
Margo DeMello received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Davis in 1995, and currently teaches at Canisius College in the Anthrozoology Masters program. She is the outgoing Program Director for Human-Animal Studies at Animals & Society Institute, and the past President of House Rabbit Society. She also volunteers for Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary. Her numerous books and publications include Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature, Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection, Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies Across the Disciplines, and Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death.
Kevin Schneider is Executive Director of the Non-human Rights Project. He earned his law degree from Florida State University in 2013 with a specialization in environmental and land use law. He graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 2009. In addition to his interest in nonhuman rights and personhood, Kevin is an advocate for reforming the food system with a focus on plant-based foods.
Elisa Aaltola completed her PhD in philosophy in 2006, and her thesis focused on animal ethics. She has published 38 peer-reviewed articles, mostly on animal philosophy. Her books include "Animal Suffering: Philosophy and Culture" (2012) and "Varieties of Empathy: Moral Psychology and Animal Ethics" (2018). Aaltola works as a senior research fellow and adjunct professor in philosophy, in University of Turku, Finland.
Mark Devries is the Special Projects and Drone Investigations Manager with Mercy for Animals. Before joining MFA, he produced and directed the award-winning documentary Speciesism: The Movie, which screened at theaters worldwide, has been featured in Scientific American, The Huffington Post, CNN Headline News, Psychology Today, and The Sydney Morning Herald, among many others. He also filmed the world’s first aerial drone footage of factory farms, released as part of his Factory Farm Drone Project, which has been viewed by tens of millions worldwide and received global press coverage.
Dr. Kate Darling is a leading expert in Robot Ethics. She’s a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Kate explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her work has been featured in Vogue, The New Yorker, The Guardian, BBC, NPR, PBS, The Boston Globe, Forbes, CBC, WIRED, Boston Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Die Zeit, The Japan Times, and more.
Karen Davis is the President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia. Inducted into the National Animal Rights Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Liberation, Karen is the author of numerous books, essays, articles and campaigns. Karen’s books include A Home for Henny; Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless ‘Poultry’ Potpourri; Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry; More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality ; and The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities.
Jimmy Webb is an American songwriter, composer and singer known worldwide as a master of his trade. His timeless hits continue to be performed and recorded by the industry’s biggest names, and his new compositions span the musical spectrum from classical to pop. This past year saw his “Wichita Lineman” on the set list in three major artist tours – Guns N’ Roses, Little Big Town, and Toby Keith – and used prominently in an episode of the Netflix series Ozark. Not many artists can say they premiered a classical nocturne and had a rap hit with Kanye West (“Do What You Gotta Do” a central hook in “Famous”) in the same year, but Jimmy’s career is full of surprises. In 1986 he released "The Animals' Christmas" with Art Garfunkel and Amy Grant. Other hits include “Up, Up and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman, “Galveston,” “Highwayman,” “All I Know” and “MacArthur Park.
Rachel Fobar is a National Geographic Society wildlife trade investigative reporter covering wildlife crime and exploitation for Wildlife Watch. Previously, she covered criminal justice and potentially wrongful convictions for The Medill Justice Project. She has also written for Popular Science and Bustle. For her work, she has received several awards, including the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Award.
Amy Fitzgerald is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, and is cross-appointed to the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. She is also a founding member of the University of Windsor’s Animal and Interpersonal Abuse Research Group. She is the author of Animals as Food: (Re)connecting Production, Processing, Consumption, and Impacts, and Animal Advocacy and Environmentalism: Understanding and Bridging the Divide.
Nik Taylor is a sociologist who researches power and marginalization expressed in and through human relations with other species. Nik currently works at the University of Canterbury in Aotearoa New Zealand where she is a member of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies. Her latest books include Ethnography after Humanism Power, Politics and Method in Multi-Species Research , with Lindsay Hamilton) and Companion Animals and Domestic Violence: Rescuing Me, Rescuing You , with Heather Fraser).
Heather Fraser is an Associate Professor in Social Work at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and critical scholar-advocate who started her career 35 years ago, working in refuges for women and young people try to escape violence. Heather has co-produced four books and dozens of other publications, many of which are about understanding violence. The current book she is working on is Queer Entanglements: Intersections of Gender, Sexuality and Animal Companionship (with DW Riggs, N Taylor & S Rosenberg).
Bioethicist Jessica Pierce, Ph.D., is the author of ten books, the most recent of which is Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Possible Life. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and currently teaches at the University of Colorado.
Sarah Zhang is a staff writer for The Atlantic. She has published articles about rats and flesh-eating worms, among many others!
Aryenish Birdie is the executive director of Encompass, which she founded after witnessing firsthand the urgent need for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive animal protection movement.
Marla Rose is an award-nominated journalist, columnist, public speaker and author as well as the co-founder of co-founder of VeganStreet.com and VeganStreetMedia.com.
Giles Mitchell is an award winning industrial designer from the UK. He is listed as an inventor in over 10 registered patents and is credited as the designer in 7 Red Dot Design Awards and 6 IF Design Awards. He writes for Plant Based News.
Bryan and Natasha Dockett are chefs and proprietors of UnSoul Food, Philadelphia's only restaurant featuring plant-based Southern Cuisine.
Karin Brulliard is a Washington Post reporter and editor for Animalia, where she covers animals, people, and how their lives intersect. She was previously The Washington Post’s deputy foreign editor.
Chris Blazina is a licensed psychologist, retired professor, and award winning author. He has published seven books including "When Man Meets Dog" which received the 2016 National Indie Excellence Book Award for Men's Health.
Caroline Ginolfi is the creator of the Plant Based Blonde. She is a Certified Plant Based Nutritionist and Health Coach with a passion for alternative healing, sustainability and all things cruelty-free.
Laura Wright is a professor of English at Western Carolina University. In 2015, she introduced the field of Vegan Studies through her book The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror. She followed this book up in 2019 with Through a Vegan Studies Lens.
As the founder of Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), Steve’s organization has been documenting and exposing pigeon shoots, rodeos, cockfighting, canned hunts, bullfights, government animal kills, any issue that involves violations of the innate rights of living creatures since 1993.
Eric Schwitzgebel is a professor of Philosophy at University of California, Riverside. His most recent book is A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures, from MIT Press.
Trevor Jones is Director and CEO of History Nebraska. He is an award-winning author of numerous books, including Major: A Soldier Dog, as well as articles about museums and American history and has worked as a museum curator, exhibition designer, and educator.
Josh Balk is Vice President of Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States. Most recently, he led successful ballot measures and legislative initiatives criminalizing factory farming practices, including California’s historic Proposition 12, which passed with 63% of the vote and became the world’s strongest law for farm animals.
Brooke Haggerty is the executive director for Faunalytics, a nonprofit that provides research and resources to help advocates maximize their effectiveness to reduce animal suffering.
Jo Anderson is the Research Director of Faunalytics and a social psychologist with a decade of research experience.
David Coman-Hidy is the Executive Director of The Humane League. Under his leadership, The Humane League has grown into a national presence with offices spanning from coast to coast—winning campaigns against some of the largest foodservice and retail corporations in the world and reaching millions of young people each year with a message of compassion for farmed animals.
Paul Sieswerda, formerly Aquarium Curator at the New England and New York Aquariums, is President of Gotham Whale, a 501c3 not-for-profit conducting research, education, and advocacy programs in partnership with American Princess Cruises, a whale watching company out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
Dr Corey Lee Wrenn is a vegan feminist sociologist of social movements who specializes in anti-speciesist protest and human-nonhuman relations in the United States, United Kingdom, and Republic of Ireland. She is the author of A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory and Piecemeal Protest: Animal Rights in the Age of Nonprofits.
Sara Eifler is Program Director of JewishVeg, which seeks to inspire and assist Jews to embrace plant-based diets as an expression of Jewish values. She has extensive experience in events planning, writing and editing, and nonprofit management and is a graduate of Brandeis University.
Kathryn L. Smithies is a medieval historian, and research and teaching associate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of the just released book, Introducing the Medieval Ass.
Colleen Plumb is an American photographer, video artist, and public video projection artist. Her work investigates contradictory relationships people have with animals. Her work 30 Times a Minute features photos from videos of captive elephants in their small enclosures captured from over seventy zoos in the US and Europe, along with contributions from animal rights activists and scientists.
Captain Paul Watson is a Canadian/American marine conservation activist, who founded the direct-action group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977. He has been described as “the world’s most aggressive, most determined, most active and most effective defender of wildlife.”
Since 2006, Nicole Forsyth has served as President and CEO of RedRover, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings animals from crisis to care and strengthens the bond between people and animals.
Sue Weaver lives in the Arkansas Ozarks with her husband and a fine array of animal friends. She has written hundreds of magazine articles and many books including The Goat: A Natural and Cultural History.
Ernest Freeberg is a distinguished professor of humanities and head of the history department at the University of Tennessee. He has authored three award-winning books including Democracy’s Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, The Great War, and the Right to Dissent, The Age of Edison, and A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the birth of the Animal Rights Movement.
Katherine Crawford is Genetic Counselor working at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She has scientific publications in relation to stroke genetics, early life adversity, and computational biology. She is the lead author of a recently published study entitled “The mental health effects of pet death during childhood: Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?"
Stefanie Brendl is the founder and executive director of Shark Allies, an organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of sharks and rays. Its focus is on taking action, on raising awareness and guiding initiatives that reduce the destructive overfishing of sharks on a global scale. She was a driving force behind the Hawaiian shark fin trade ban in 2010, the first in the nation.
Nicole Rawling is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Material Innovation Initiative, an organization that seeks to accelerate the development of next-generation sustainable materials for the fashion, automotive, and home goods industries, with a focus on replacing animal-based materials.
Erna Walraven is the Emeritus Senior Curator at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. She has worked with and observed wild animals for more than three decades and has a deep fascination for our shared evolutionary history and the leadership lessons we can learn from a shared past. She is the author of Wild Leadership: What Wild Animals Teach Us About Leadership.
Josh Steinhouse is a historian specializing in American pop culture, particularly the 20th century. He has degrees in American Studies and Education, and has both a personal and professional interest in the history, culture, and impact of The Walt Disney Company. He is the producer of the weekly blog, Steinhouse Of Mouse, where he discusses all things related to Disney.
Rebecca Rose Stanton is an animal rights scholar and activist. She holds a Ph.D. in animal studies from Northumbria University, UK, where she is an associate fellow at the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics, and conveys the “Animals and Animation” group for the Society of Animation Studies. She is the author of The Disneyfication of Animals.
Lori Marino is executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy and founder and president of The Whale Sanctuary Project, which seeks to establish a model seaside sanctuary where whales and dolphins can be rehabilitated or can live permanently in an environment that maximizes well-being and autonomy. She is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, formerly on the faculty of Emory University.
Heather Mattila is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her research focuses on the mechanisms that create organization in social insect colonies concentrating primarily on the honey bee, one of the most important insects on the planet.
Jarrod Bailey is the Director of Science and Technology at the Center for Contemporary Sciences. He spent seven years investigating the possible genetic causes of premature birth in humans, using human tissues. His current research focuses on the human relevance of animal experiments in many areas of biomedical research and drug/product testing, and promoting the use of human-specific research methods in their place.
Gabriel N. Rosenberg is Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and History at Duke University. He earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in History. His research investigates the historical and contemporary linkages among gender, sexuality, and the global food system. He is the editor of The Strong Paw of Reason newsletter. Follow him on Twitter at @bearistotle.
Dr. Ellen Brandell is a wildlife disease ecologist. She recently earned her PhD from Penn State University, where she studied the infectious diseases of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park. Ellen is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison where she researches the potential for chronic wasting disease management through hunting. Ellen is a conservationist and outdoor advocate.
Christie Lagally is the founder and CEO of Rebellyous Foods. She is a mechanical engineer with 15 years of engineering experience and the holder of five patents in manufacturing technology. Christie served as a Senior Scientist for the Good Food Institute uncovering the technical barriers in the development of plant-based meat and clean (i.e. cultured) meat.
Richard Pallardy is a freelance science writer. He worked for Encyclopedia Britannica for seven years and now writes for such publications as Science on Tap and The Biologist. His most recent piece chronicles the rediscovery of the New Guinea highland wild dog, a primitive canine that prowls the slopes of the central mountain range that bisects the island of New Guinea.
Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist, advocate, TV host, and author of the book "Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give." She is a volunteer leader of several charitable causes and an Ambassador for American Humane and is their National Spokesperson for the Feeding the Hungry Covid-19 program.
John Sanbonmatsu is the editor of the book, Critical Theory and Animal Liberation and author of the book, The Postmodern Prince. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he teaches classes in ethics, social and political theory, and the philosophy of technology. John is the founder and main designer of www.CleanMeat-Hoax.com.
F. Bailey Norwood has a Ph.D. in economics and is an associate professor at Oklahoma State University, where he researches farm animal welfare and teaches courses in researching consumer preferences, supply chain management, and a general course about agriculture. He’s the author or co-author of several books, including Compassion by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare, celebrating its 10th anniversary of publication..
Emma Håkansson is the founder of non-for-profit Collective Fashion Justice, as well as Willow Creative Co, an ethical content production and consultation agency. She is also a model, writer of both articles and books (coming soon), a creative director, and an ethics consultant.
Margrit Strohmaier is an animal lover who grew up in Austria. She was inspired to write her first picture book, What to Know Before You Get Your Dog, from her daughter’s relentless campaign to have her own dog. She has a degree in Fine Arts and is the recipient of the Ana Blanc Verna Award for Creative Thinking.
Matt Zampa is the managing editor of Sentient Media. Before joining Sentient Media he wrote for Outside and helped launch Anxy, an award-winning magazine of personal narratives in mental health.
Alex Hershaft is the founder of the Farm Animal Rights Movement which hosts the nation's largest animal rights annual conference. A survivor of the Holocaust, Dr. Hershaft has lectured extensively about his journey from the Warsaw Ghetto to his struggle for animal rights in Israel, in Europe, and throughout the U.S. He also hosts The Vegan Blog and Never Again websites.
Ariel Flint is a staff attorney with the ALDF who works to develop groundbreaking legal strategies to improve the status and lives of animals through the legal system. He previously served as an Animal Legal Defense Fund litigation fellow, and as an associate attorney for an international law firm in New York. He earned a BA in Government from IDC Herzliya and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.
Chris Berry is a managing attorney with the ALDF who works on a broad range of animal issues including puppy mills, factory farms, and consumer rights. He helps formulate creative legal theories to help animals and challenges government agencies that are not following the law as in Legal Rights and Duties in Lost Pet Disputes. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan.
Claire Hamlett is a freelance writer based in Oxford, UK, and regular contributor to Sentient Media, Surge Activism and Byline Times. She writes on animals, climate, and the environment.
Stephen Spotte was raised in West Virginia, and after traveling the world’s high seas, he now makes his home in Longboat Key, FL. He is the author or coauthor of more than 80 scientific papers and 23 books, including Animal Wrongs. His popular articles about the sea have appeared in National Wildlife, On the Sound, Animal Kingdom, and Science Digest.
Michael Levin is a developmental and synthetic biologist at Tufts University, where he is the Vannevar Bush Distinguished Professor. Levin is a director of the Levin Lab and Allen Discovery Center and Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology.
Josh Bongard is a professor at the University of Vermont's College of Engineering and Mathematical Science. His research centers on evolutionary robotics, evolutionary computation and physical simulation. He runs the Morphology, Evolution & Cognition Laboratory, whose work focuses on the role that morphology and evolution play in cognition.
Elliot Connor is an Australian popular science writer, presenter and producer. He is best known for founding the international environmental NGO Human Nature Projects, which supports volunteers across 107 countries. He is the author of "Human Nature: How to be a Better Animal", with a lifelong goal to re-frame our human relationship with the natural world.
Stevan Harnad is Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Sciences at University of Quebec in Montreal and Professor of Web Science at University of Southampton in the UK. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Animal Sentience launched by the Institute of Science and Policy of the HSUS. In addition to his blog Skywritings, he is increasingly active in animal welfare, animal rights, and animal law.
Sasha Winkler is a Ph. D. candidate at UCLA studying social behavior in nonhuman primates, with a focus on communication, play, and learning.