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Kathryn Gillespie

Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Studies

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Kathryn Gillespie

Kathryn (Katie) Gillespie is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Studies at Wesleyan University, teaching classes in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and in the Science in Society Program. She earned her PhD in Geography from University of Washington (UW) in 2014. Her research and teaching interests focus on: feminist theory and methods; food and agriculture; political economy; critical animal studies; critical race theory; postcolonial studies; incarceration/prison studies; gender and sexuality; human-environment relations. Her current research sits at the nexus of critical race theory (especially black feminisms), postcolonial studies, and critical animal studies, focusing on gendered human-animal relations and racialized histories of coloniality at the Louisiana State Penitentiary farm and rodeo at Angola. Her dissertation research examined the gendered commodification of the lives and bodies of animals in the dairy industry in the Pacific Northwestern United States. This work will be published as a book, The Cow with Ear Tag #1389, under contract with the University of Chicago Press. She has published in numerous scholarly journals and has co-edited two books: Critical Animal Geographies: Politics, Intersections and Hierarchies in a Multispecies World [Routledge, 2015, co-edited with Rosemary-Claire Collard] and Economies of Death: Economic Logics of Killable Life and Grievable Death [Routledge, 2015, co-edited with Patricia J. Lopez].

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Spring 2018
FGSS 238 - 01
Witnessing Animal Others

FGSS 330 - 01
Race, Science, Gender, Species