Wesleyan portrait of Kari  Weil

Kari Weil

University Professor of Letters

41 Wyllys Avenue, 325

University Professor, College of the Environment

University Professor, Environmental Studies

Co-Coordinator, Animal Studies


BA Cornell University
MA Princeton University
PHD Princeton University

Kari Weil

Kari Weil has published widely on feminist theory, questions of gender in 19th and 20th century French and European literature, and, most recently, on theories and representations of animal otherness and human-animal relations. She is the author of Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now (Columbia UP, 2012) and Androgyny and the Denial of Difference (University Press of Virginia, 1994). Her current book project, Meat, Motion, Magnetism: Horses and their Humans in Nineteenth-Century Paris, examines role of the horse as object of love, labor, sport and food in the literary, visual and socio-political debates of the day.

Born and raised in Chicago, Kari Weil earned her B.A. in French from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, specializing in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century France and Feminist Theory. Before coming to Wesleyan she was the Chair of Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts where she began teaching courses in Animal Studies (winning the Humane Society’s “Best Course Award” for 2006) as well as in literature and theory. She has also taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, Middlebury College and was previously tenured in Romance Languages at Wake Forest University.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

M/W 2:40-4:00 and by appt.


Fall 2018
COL 130F - 01
Thinking Animals (FYS)

COL 274 - 01

Spring 2019
COL 244 - 01
Junior Colloquium

COL 257 - 01
Remembering Selves