Annual Scholars

Annual Scholars

Britches Scholar of the Year: Founded in 2010, ICAS recognizes one graduate student from around the world who is working theoretically and practically on advancing animal rights activism and/or alternatives to animal studies and research. If you are interested in being an ICAS Britches Scholar of the Year please send 1) a 500 to 1000 word statement detailing your accomplishments, academic work, advocacy, and academic and political goals, 2) three recommendation letters, and 3) your CV. The Scholars position is a one year appointment.

Tyke Scholar of the Year: Founded in 2010, ICAS recognizes one graduate student from around the world who is working theoretically and practically on advancing alternatives to violence, domestication, and/or animal entertainment. If you are interested in being an ICAS Tyke Scholar of the Year please send 1) a 500 to 1000 word statement detailing your accomplishments, academic work, advocacy, and academic and political goals, 2) three recommendation letters, and 3) your CV. The Scholars position is a one year appointment.

Hilda Scholar of the Year: Founded in 2012, ICAS recognizes one graduate student from around the world who is working theoretically and practically on advancing alternatives to the agricultural industrial complex, slaughterhouses, factory farms, dairy farms, and other exploitative violent agricultural practices used for food, clothes, medicine, and other nonhuman animal based products. If you are interested in being an ICAS Hilda Scholar of the Year please send 1) a 500 to 1000 word statement on your accomplishments, academic work, advocacy, and academic and political goals, 2) three recommendations, and 3) your CV. The position is a one year appointment.

Ham Scholar of the Year: Founded in 2020, ICAS recognizes one graduate student from around the world who is working theoretically and practically on advancing alternatives to animal experimentation, capitalism, and the medical industrial complex. If you are interested in being an ICAS Ham Scholar of the Year please send 1) a 500 to 1000 word statement on your accomplishments, academic work, advocacy, and academic and political goals, 2) three recommendations, and 3) your CV. The position is a one year appointment.

Lennox Scholar of the Year: Founded in 2020, ICAS recognizes one graduate student from around the world who is working theoretically and practically on advancing alternatives to breeding, consumerism, capitalism, puppy mills, and the pet industrial complex. If you are interested in being an ICAS Ham Scholar of the Year please send 1) a 500 to 1000 word statement on your accomplishments, academic work, advocacy, and academic and political goals, 2) three recommendations, and 3) your CV. The position is a one year appointment.

Cecil Scholar of the Year: Founded in 2020, ICAS recognizes one graduate student from around the world who is working theoretically and practically on advancing alternatives to corporate hunting, consumerism, sport game, animal entertainment, and the military industrial complex targeting animals. If you are interested in being an ICAS Ham Scholar of the Year please send 1) a 500 to 1000 word statement on your accomplishments, academic work, advocacy, and academic and political goals, 2) three recommendations, and 3) your CV. The position is a one year appointment.

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  • The scholars are annual positions that are renewable.
  • All scholars must be members.
  • All scholars are responsible for participating in ICAS’s Intersectional Research Collectives, putting on events at their university, publishing work, presenting lecturers at forums on cas, and promoting ICAS and CAS via social media and in higher education.
  • After being notified of being awarded as a Scholar, please send us a 200 to 250 word biography and picture of yourself (photo is optional), which will be posted with on the ICAS website.
  • Please send a paragraph report every month to update us on your work so we can post it in our newsletter, website, and blog.
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2020 Annual Scholars

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 94342202_275729263454222_5005502758187433984_n.jpgJulia Feliz
Critical Animal Studies Hilda Scholar of the Year

Julia Feliz is a resource activist, illustrator, and the author of works, including “Veganism in an Oppressive World (2017),” “Veganism of Color: Decentering Whiteness in Human and Nonhuman Liberation (2019),” and due in 2020, “Queer and Trans Voices: Achieving Liberation Through Consistent Anti-Oppression.” Julia is also the founder and lead content editor of Sanctuary Publishers. They are also the designer and creator of resources, such as NeuroAbleism.com, ConsistentAntiOppression.com,  VeganismOfColor.com, and NewPrideFlag.com. Julia holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the biological sciences and most recently, was kicked out of Cornell University for their radical and open stance against racism, neuroableism, and nonbinarism in the field of science and beyond.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is headshot_poirier.jpgNathan Poirier
Critical Animal Studies Britches Scholar of the Year

Nathan Poirier is a doctoral student of sociology at Michigan State University, seeking specializations in Animal Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies. He has previous masters degrees in mathematics and animal studies. Research interests lie predominantly with animal agriculture and veganism, but extend to overlapping oppressions and intersectionality. His current research projects include examining the discourse, comparisons to vegetarianism, and potential cultural implications of in vitro meat; and the construction of animal welfare within animal science courses. In 2015 he organized a community-focused rewilding event in Grand Rapids, MI.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 36457827_1751590404928607_2018884956993880064_n.jpgAnnie C. Bernatchez
Critical Animal Studies Tyke Scholar of the Year

Annie C. Bernatchez is a doctorate student in sociology at the university of Ottawa, Canada. Her field of interest is in social movement and critical studies, with a focus on animal liberation organizations. It is Annie’s third year in the program and she is currently writing my research proposal. The central point of interest of her thesis will be the everyday lives of animal activists within the current social context of state repression that categorizes such form of activism as terrorism. Annie will hold to a vegan standpoint throughout her thesis to advocate against such categorization. She also will use her position in the university setting to do activist work through speaking and writing.

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Kiana Avlon
Critical Animal Studies Lennox Scholar of the Year

Kiana Avlon is a graduate student in Westminster College’s Master of Arts in Community Leadership program. She has presented research on the rhetoric surrounding houselessness in Salt Lake City and the root causes of speciesism at the Western Social Science Association conference and the Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies. Kiana continues to study rhetoric as it pertains to speciesism with a focus on countering ecofascism within the animal liberation movement. She grounds her research in critical animal studies, anarchism, and ecofeminism with the goal of total liberation. Her free time is dedicated to volunteering at local animal sanctuaries.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is jonathan.jpgJonathan Dickstein
Critical Animal Studies Ham Scholar of the Year
Jonathan Dickstein is a scholar-activist from Philadelphia currently completing his PhD in Religious Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara. He is dedicated to grassroots activism, regularly organizing for local animal liberation efforts and with Food Not Bombs-Isla Vista. Jonathan’s doctoral research focuses on Animals and Religion with an emphasis on animals in South Asian religious cosmologies and ethics. He currently teaches classes on the history of animal oppression in West and the concept of nonviolence in South Asian religious traditions. Jonathan has published on the philosophical and political aspects of vegetarianism and veganism in Philosophy East and West, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Food Ethics, Religions, and several mainstream outlets.
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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is alex-.jpgAlex Hinchcliffe
Critical Animal Studies Cecil Scholar of the Year

Alex Hinchcliffe is a recent graduate in Geography from Sheffield Hallam University, and is interested in animal rights, total liberation, environmentalism and intersectionality. As an activist, he is involved in a variety of issues, from animal rights struggles, climate crisis campaigning to tackling food poverty and homelessness.
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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Best-Author-Shot-Dolly-2018-768x1024.jpgDaniel Salomon
Critical Animal Studies Harambe Scholar of the Year
Daniel Salomon is a first year Master Student in Urban Studies at Portland State University in Portland Oregon. Salomon already has an MA in Theological Research from Andover Newton Theological School with Graduate Certificate in Science and Religion from Boston Theological Institute, as well as a BS Cum Laude from Salisbury University (with concentrations in Biology, Environmental Studies and Conflict Analysis/Dispute Resolution) and a Naturalist Certificate from the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. Salomon is author of seven books on the environment and a contributor to the eco-ability field.  Salomon lives in Portland Oregon.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is washington-state.jpgBrandon Edwards-Schuth
Critical Animal Studies Topsy Scholar of the Year
Brandon Edwards-Schuth (he/they) is a Washington State University doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education. Their research interests are green anarchism and social ecology pedagogies, radical democracy, and sound/podcast pedagogy.

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2013 Annual Scholars

  • Critical Animal Studies Britches Scholar of the Year
    Anthony Belotti
  • Critical Animal Studies Tyke Scholar of the Year
    Sunaura “Sunny” Taylor
  • Critical Animal Studies Hilda Scholar of the Year
    Katie Gillespie

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2012 Annual Scholars

  • Critical Animal Studies Tyke Scholar of the Year
    Tereza Vandrovcova
  • Critical Animal Studies Britches Scholar of the Year
    Jessica Groling
  • Critical Animal Studies Hilda Scholar of the Year
    Adam Weitzenfeld

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2011 Annual Scholars

  • 2011 Britches Scholar of the Year
    Jenny Grubbs
  • 2011 Tyke Scholar of the Year
    A. Breeze Harper

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2010 Annual Scholars

  • 2010 Britches Scholar of the Year
    Laura Shields
  • 2010 Tyke Scholar of the Year
    Vasile Stănescu

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