I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. My areas of research interest include green criminology, (critical) animal studies, environmental sociology, and gender studies.
I am currently working on the following projects:
1. “An exploration of the relationship between intimate partner violence and animal abuse in Canada and its impact upon help seeking behaviour among abused women” is a SSHRC funded project I am working on in collaboration with Betty Barrett (Windsor) and Rachael Shwom (Rutgers).
The overarching goals of the research project are to assess (1) the extent of the coexistence of intimate partner violence (IPV) and the maltreatment of pets by batterers, (2) the relationship between abused women and their pets, and the impacts of animal maltreatment on abused women, their children, and their pets, (3) what transition homes or shelters for abused women are doing to respond to these issues, and (4) the unique needs of abused women with pets and the best practices for addressing these needs. This project is a first step towards addressing these long-term goals.
The specific objectives of this initial phase of the project are:
- To develop and pilot a national survey of shelters for abused women to assess the degree to which these facilities are able to attend to the relationships between abused women and their pets;
- To develop and pilot a national survey of women receiving services from shelters that includes measures of pet maltreatment and the impact of pets on their decision to leave.
2. Animals as Food – I am currently writing this sole authored book. It will be published by Michigan State University Press as part of their The Animal Turn Series, edited by Linda Kalof. The book provides an historical overview of human consumption of animals and explores the impact of modern industrialized animal agriculture on society, the environment, and animal welfare.
3. Animal advocacy and environmentalism – I am also currently exploring the legacy of philosopher J. Baird Callicott’s declaration in 1980 that the differences between the environmental and animal advocacy movements were irreconcilable. I expect to write a book on the topic in the future.
For further information about my research and list of publications please see my Research page.
I also teach a variety of Criminology courses at the University of Windsor. For a list of specific courses please see my Teaching page.