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Visiting Scholars, Post-Doctoral and Research Fellows


Charlotte Blattner

Charlotte Blattner holds the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies at Queen’s University for the 2017-18 academic year. Charlotte did her Bachelor and Master degrees in law at the University of Basel, Switzerland, before completing a PhD at the intersection of international law and animal law, focusing on the extraterritorial protection of animals, as part of the doctoral program “Law and Animals: Ethics at Crossroads.” Charlotte is a former Visiting International Scholar at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, and served as a research fellow for the Swiss Competence Center for Human Rights and the “Tier im Recht” Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland. Charlotte’s previous publications were in animal law (mostly research and agriculture), trade law, environmental law, and cognitive biases in the law.

During her postdoctoral fellowship at Queen’s University, Charlotte’s research will focus on the ethical, political and legal consequences of viewing animals as workers. Can animals be viewed as workers from a legal perspective, and if so, can labour rights provide a route towards greater legal protection for animals involved in care work, police or military work, agriculture, research and entertainment? What are the ethical and political benefits or risks of such an approach? In addition to these topics, Charlotte is interested in liberal political theory, animals and global justice theories, the linkage of human rights and animal issues, questions arising at the intersection of environmental and animal ethics, and wild animal suffering.



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.



Julia Gibson

Julia Gibson is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Ethics for 2019-2020. She envisions her research taking shape where the boundaries between feminist, political, and environmental philosophy grow pleasantly and productively murky. Julia did her doctoral work in Philosophy at Michigan State University, writing her dissertation on palliative and remembrance ethics for the dead and the dying of climate change. Before obtaining her MA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado in 2013, she spent two years working at an international salmon conservation organization in Portland, OR. She received her BA in philosophy and Russian studies from William Smith College in 2009. Julia has authored publications in bioethics, technology studies, mobilities studies, ecocriticism, and animal ethics. She has a deep love for science fiction fantasy and frequently calls upon these narratives to participate in moral and political theorizing.

During her postdoctoral fellowship, Julia will be digging deeper into her research on transformative interspecies justice. Here the emphasis on transformation is meant to capture and inspire both a certain kind of critical orientation to interspecies politics past and present as well as an expansive, radical sense of interspecies futurity. Importantly, she is interested not only in visions of just futures but the kinds of work it will take to secure and maintain them, of the transformed and the transforming. Julia will also be continuing her work with her family’s farm to develop animal/environmental policies, pursue conservation easement, and come to terms with what it means to be tenth-generation settler family farm in the Lower Hudson Valley. 



Lev Marder

Lev Marder holds a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Philosophy Department, working under the supervision of Will Kymlicka. Lev received his Ph.D. in political science from The University of California-Irvine. His broad areas of expertise include political theory, history of political thought, law and politics, international relations, and theories of representation. His research focuses on mapping the historical and contemporary political uses of ignorance and asks if practices of ignorance can help maintain political order, democratic politics, international relations, and serve other desirable objectives. How has the enforcement of ignorance of certain differences between individuals and groups in the past and the present time engendered a sense of community, un/equal opportunities, and affected the ability of some to rule over others? His research on the production and uses of ignorance appears in the Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Journal of International Political Theory, and Constellations. During his 2018-2020 Fellowship, Lev will examine how democratic regimes incorporate practices of ignorance. The objective is to formulate recommendations for cultivating ignorance conducive to democratic decision-making, political participation, and protection of minority rights and vulnerable groups.  ​

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