Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University where she co-hosts the ASI-WAS fellowship.  She is the author of Ethics and Animals:  An Introduction. She has developed the website The Last 1000 Chimpanzees, a companion site to her First 100 Chimpanzees. More information is available at

Kari Weil is University Professor of Letters and Director of the College of Letters at Wesleyan. With Lori Gruen, she is co-coordinator of Wesleyan Animal Studies and co-editor of a special issue of Hypatia entitled Animal Others (27.3, Summer 2012). She is the author of Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now? (Columbia, 2012) and has published widely on issues of gender, feminist theory, and representations of animal otherness. Her current project is tentatively titled The Most Beautiful Conquest of Man (sic): Horses and the Conquest of Animal Nature in Nineteenth-Century France.

Beatrice Marovich is currently a PhD candidate at Drew University’s Graduate Division of Religion.  Her dissertation “Dream of the Creature: Religion, Ethics, and Interspecies Kinship” is an examination of the “theological relic” of the creature. While this figure acts as an intriguing site of subjective intersection between humans and non-human animals, these non-human animals have also played an incredibly ambivalent role in religious history (particularly that of monotheistic traditions). Taking into account this ambivalence, as well as the power dynamics that inevitably haunt a political theology of the creaturely, her dissertation asks whether there might still be a creaturely ethic embedded in this relic. Beatrice was a 2013 ASI-WAS fellow. More of her writing is available at her website. Her Twitter handle is @beamarovich.

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