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Visiting Scholars, 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.



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. 



Jishnu Guha-Majumdar

Jishnu Guha-Majumdar is the 2020-2022 Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Studies in the Department of Philosophy. His research examines the intertwined development of the concepts of race and species and the intersections between critical race and animal studies. Jishnu received his Ph.D. in Political Theory from Johns Hopkins University’s Political Science Department in 2020, and his B.A. in History and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas-Austin in 2013. He is currently working on a book that attends to impersonal vulnerability and speechlessness, rather than capacity and personhood, as a way of connecting the domination of human and nonhuman animals. Jishnu’s publications have addressed topics like anti-blackness, utopianism and literature; animals in political theory; the relationship between black studies and animal studies; and the politics of veganism.



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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