Research Interests

Intersectional Social Justice – Effective Social Change – Social Movement Behavior

Human and Nonhuman RelationshipsWith growing interest in animal welfare, diet-related illness, food justice, food-borne diseases, and the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, animal-based food systems are increasingly relevant to sociological study. My research explores the complex relationships between human, nonhuman, and environmental well-being, the intersections of human and nonhuman oppression, and the social justice efforts seeking to alleviate these pressing social problems.

PETA HQ2My primary specialization is in social movement theory with a focus on the political structure of the Nonhuman Animal rights movement. Many of my peer-reviewed publications investigate mechanisms of claims-making, framing, and factionalism. I am also interested in the influence of professionalization, non-profitization, and other forces of capitalism on social movement efficacy. This research is primarily conducted through historical comparative analysis and content analysis.

Sexism Animal Rights

How social movements prioritize single-issue campaigning by ignoring or aggravating the relevance of other social justice issues is another focus of my research. I often use the Nonhuman Animal rights movement as a case study in the replication of sexism, racism, classism, and other forms of human violence enacted “for the animals.” Recognizing the importance of intersectional politics and alliance-building, this work seeks to improve social movement efforts by building critical theories of social justice through content analysis, interviewing, and public sociology.

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