Annual Scholars

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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.

Anthony Belotti / White Coat Waste ProjectAnthony Bellotti is the founder and Executive Director of the White Coat Waste Project: a new campaign to expose and eliminate the waste, fraud, and abuse in the government’s taxpayer-funded animal experimentation budget. Bellotti is also a co-founding Board Director of the Humane Research Council. In 2010, Bellotti was honored by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as a Republican “Rising Star of Politics.” With a background in political consulting, he specializes in fundraising and advertising for political candidates, public affairs campaigns, and non-profit organizations. He served as an opposition researcher for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 reelection and as the Executive Director of the American Association of Political Consultants. He’s an in-demand speaker at such conferences as HSUS’s Taking Action for Animals, FARM’s Animal Rights Conference, the Anti-Fur Society Animal Rights Conference, Effective Action Against Vivisection, and Campaigns and Elections Magazine. Bellotti holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (2000) and an M.A. from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, with concentrations in corporate public affairs and campaign management (2005).



Sunaura “Sunny” Taylor / Through painting, printmaking, writing and other forms of political and artistic engagement, Sunny’s work intervenes with dominant historical narratives of disability and animal oppression / “Sunny” Taylor is an American painter and activist for disability and animal rights. She currently resides in Oakland, California, and has taught classes at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the receipient of a Sacatar Foundation Fellowship, winner of VSA’s Driving Force Award, and Eisner Award, two Wynn Newhouse Awards, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, and an Animals and Culture Grant. He work has appeared in Monthly Review, Alternet, Yes Magazine, and Qui Parle. She is currently working on an book on animal rights and disability (forthcoming from Feminist Press 2013).


Katie Gillespie / Drawing on federal and state legislation, industry recommendations, and industry advertising discourses, Gillespie’s work argues that “humane slaughter” is an oxymoron designed to perpetuate the slaughter and consumption of farmed animals.

Katie Gillespie is a PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of Washington. Her dissertation explores the lives of animals in the dairy industry through a politics of access, gender, sexuality and species, and agricultural educational paradigms. She writes a vegan blog and contributes regularly other online advocacy sites. In her free time, she volunteers at Pigs Peace Sanctuary.


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

2011 Annual Scholars

  • 2011 Britches Scholar of the Year
    Jenny Grubbs, American University
  • 2011 Tyke Scholar of the Year
    A. Breeze Harper, UC Davis

2010 Annual Scholars

  • 2010 Britches Scholar of the Year
    Laura Shields, Saint Louis University
    Assistant Editor and Film Review Editor, Journal for Critical Animal Studies
  • 2010 Tyke Scholar of the Year
    Vasile Stănescu, Stanford University
    Co-Senior Editor of the Critical Animal Studies Book Series