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Post-Doctoral and Research Fellows

Sue Donaldson

Sue Donaldson is a research associate in the Department of Philosophy whose area of specialization is nonhuman animals in moral and political theory. Her research explores how nonhuman animals might co-author their relationships with us, as co-citizens in a multispecies demos, denizens of shared liminal spaces, and sovereigns of wilderness territories. This work draws insights from feminist philosophy, disability theory, children's rights theory, democratic theory, and environmental ethics; as well as practical "experiments in living" such as farmed animal sanctuaries and intentional communities; and fictional and creative imaginaries of animal subjects.  She is the co-author (with Will Kymlicka) of Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights (Oxford UP 2011), which won the 2013 Canadian Philosophical Association book prize, and has been translated into German, French, Turkish, Polish, Japanese and Spanish.  She has also contributed numerous academic articles to edited collections, handbooks, and journals including The Journal of Political Philosophy, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Social Philosophy, the Journal of Animal Ethics, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science.



Michael Hannon

Michael Hannon is a Bader Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge (King's College) in 2013, and from 2013-2016 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow for the $4.5 million Varieties of Understanding project at Fordham University in New York. Epistemology is the main area of his research, though he also works in ethics, the philosophy of language, and cognitive science. Michael is currently writing a book, titled 'Function First Epistemology', which is about the value of knowledge and how epistemic language (e.g., 'knows', 'understands', 'rational') contributes to human survival and flourishing. His articles have appeared in Philosophical Studies, Synthese, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Erkenntnis, and elsewhere. 




Josh Milburn

Josh Milburn holds the Queen’s University Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies. He is a moral and political philosopher with research interests in animal ethics, the philosophy of food and applied philosophy, as well as in moral and political philosophy (including their histories) more broadly. He is currently engaged in a research project exploring the ethics and politics of human relationships with nonhuman animals through a consideration of feeding and eating practices. Before coming to Queen’s, Josh read for a doctorate at Queen’s University Belfast, and, before that, studied philosophy at Lancaster University. His research has been published or is forthcoming variously in Res Publica, the Journal of Social Philosophy, the European Journal of Political Theory, Environmental Values and edited collections from Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge and Oxford University Press. An article by Josh on the ethics of in vitro meat was the winner of the 2016 Res Publica prize.




Angela Pepper

Angie Pepper holds the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies at Queen’s University for the 2015-16 academic year. Angie studied philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Cambridge before receiving her doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2013. Since then she has been a Teaching Fellow in Political Philosophy in the Department of Politics at the University of York, UK. To date, much of Angie’s research has focused on critiquing non-cosmopolitan accounts of global justice from a feminist perspective and determining which forms of cosmopolitanism are most compatible with the core commitments of feminism. Currently, Angie is looking at how the scope of cosmopolitan justice and democracy can (and must) be extended to all sentient animals and she is considering the broader implications of this for our theorising about global justice, climate change, and the use, abuse, and distribution of natural resources. In addition to these topics, Angie is also interested in liberal political theory and feminist philosophy more generally, the role of ideal theory in political philosophy, realist political theory, disability theory, and the ethics of care.