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School of Humanities and Creative Arts
+64 3 3695536
Karl Popper 616
My teaching aims to equip students with the skills & confidence for lifelong questioning & critiquing of dominant ideologies, assumptions & prejudices
My research over the past decade has been interdisciplinary and intersectional, with a focus on the ways in which human-to-human forms of oppression, marginalization and discrimination are connected to human-to-animal forms of oppression and exploitation. Some of the topics and issues I've studied include human-animal relations in times of disaster, the traditional pets of Māori, ethical consumption in Aotearoa New Zealand, the phenomenon of vegan sexuality, the intersectional influences of Prince (musician), the cultural demonization of possums and other 'pests' in Aotearoa, the natural and cultural history of Gallus gallus (chickens), activist art, meat consumption and patriotism, animal advocacy in visual culture. I am currently completing a book on the natural and cultural histories of possums (from the Americas to Australasia) for Sydney University Press.