Sarah Bezan is a contract faculty member of The University of Winnipeg’s Department of English, specializing in critical animal studies, waste aesthetics, and women’s writing. She is also a contributor to the Journal for Critical Animal Studies and Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism. An incoming Ph.D. student at The University of Alberta, Sarah’s SSHRC-funded doctoral dissertation, entitled “Post-mortem Postmodernism(s): Dissecting the Corpse and Carcass in Contemporary Literature and Culture,” will examine the interconnections between foundational and emerging conceptions of human and non-human death as represented in postmodern literature, film, and visual media.
Michelle Harnett graduated in 2002 with a BSc in biology from Bishop’s University in Quebec and has since worked in the field of animal health. Having worked in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, gaining certification in canine hydrotherapy and therapeutic massage, and recently returning to school, Michelle is currently on her way to earning a professional designation in animal health and would like to help wildlife and “farm” animals. When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys time with friends, hiking with her dog, swimming, traveling, reading and self study on various issues.
Margaret (Meg) Perret is an undergrad at UC Berkeley. Her academic interests include CAS, bioethics, ecofeminism, and science and technology studies. Working with the Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy (BOAA), the Coalition to Fight Factory Farming (CFF), and the Occupy Movement, Meg is an activist in the bay area. When she isn’t studying or protesting, Meg loves to derive math equations, rant about capitalism, defend second wave feminism and spar with NPR programming. She dreams of being a university professor and bringing some fresh vegan-feminism into the academy. For now, she is content dreaming of the contents of her future bookshelves.
Nicholas Silcox is a Peace and Justice major and Gender and Women studies and Africana and African American Studies minors at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. As Ursinus, he is President and founder of the Animal Advocacy Coalition, President of WeCAN, a social justice and activism group, and Vice President of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance. He is interested in the intersectionality of academia and activism and hopes to enter a sociology Ph.D. program to continue to be an effective and relevant activist throughout his life.