Current Annual Award Winners

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2013 Annual Critical Animal Studies Award Winners

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Media of the Year: John Alessio / Social Problems and Inequality: Social Responsibility through Progressive Sociology

John C. Alessio has taught Sociology at numerous universities and has twice served as a university academic dean.  He has disseminated his work widely through presentations across the United States and in Canada, and he has published in some of the top journals in his field.  Dr. Alessio’s work ranges from highly quantitative to qualitative and theoretical, and he has written the book Social Problems and Inequality: Social Responsibility Through Progressive Sociology. A social activist, Dr. Alessio has worked to end war and promote human and non-human rights, which is also reflected in his writings, presentations, and publications.

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Faculty Paper of the Year: Carol Lynn Glasser / “Opportunity Fields and Animal Rights: Is Corporate Incorporation a Route to Change?”

Carol Lynn Glasser is a sociologist and activist. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine and is currently an independent scholar. Her research interests include critical animal studies, social movements, inequalities and gender studies. Carol is also an activist who supports various animal liberation campaigns and is part of the organizing collective for Progress for Science, an anti-vivisection group currently working to end primate vivisection at the University of California in Los Angeles.  As well as grassroots activism, Carol volunteers her research services to animal liberation and advocacy groups.

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Loredana LoyGraduate Project of the Year: Loredana Loy / Cinema for Social Change (blog project)

Loredana Loy holds an interdisciplinary MA in media and sociology from New York University (graduated in May 2013). Her research interests are focused on media generated public discourse as a tool for the animal advocacy movement and social change. Loredana is the newsletter editor for the American Sociological Association, Animals & Society section. She is also a consultant for the animal advocacy movement and dedicates her work pro-bono to help develop strategic communication campaigns for groups such as Animal Equality in the UK and the Humane Research Council in the US.

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Tayler StaneffUndergraduate Paper of the Year: Tayler Staneff (Brock University) / “Animal Liberation: A Social Justice Movement”

Tayler Staneff is an activist and student pursuing her goals of becoming an animal rights lawyer. She recently graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Political Science with a Minor in Sociology. She will be furthering her education next year in pursuing her Masters of Arts in Critical Sociology concentrating in Critical Animal Studies. As an activist she works on numerous campaigns promoting veganism and animal liberation, as well as her continued hands-on work with local spay/neuter programs.

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