Victoria N. Alexander is co-founder and director of the Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities in New York City. She did her dissertation research in teleology, evolutionary theory, and complexity science at the Graduate Center, CUNY and the Santa Fe Institute. Published in the Antioch Review, English Language Notes, Nabokov Studies, Pynchon Notes, and Emergence: Complexity (E:Co), her scholarly work, as well as her novels Smoking Hopes and Naked Singularity, pursue themes involving coincidence and emergent intentionality. Her honors include a Rockefeller Foundation Residency (Bellagio, Italy), a Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women Fellowship, two Art & Science Lab Residencies (Santa Fe), the Alfred Kazin Award for Best Dissertation (GC, CUNY), and the Washington Prize for Fiction.
Ron Broglio is an assistant professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on how philosophy and aesthetics can help us rethink the relationship between humans and the environment. His book, Technologies of the Picturesque: British Art, Poetry, and Instruments, 1750–1830 (2008), investigates technology in the British landscape aesthetic. He is beginning a second project on animals in contemporary art called “On the Surface.” Meanwhile, Broglio continues publishing on the visionary poet William Blake and writes occasional essays on digital humanities.
Jonathan Burt is the co-founder of the Animal Studies Group, U.K., and created and runs the Animal series for [End Page 189] Reaktion Books. He is the author of Animals in Film (2002) and Rat (2006).
Anita Guerrini is professor of history and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has published many articles and three books, Natural History and the New World, 1525–1770 (2nd ed., 2002), Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment: The Life and Times of George Cheyne (2000), and Experimenting with Humans and Animals: From Galen to Animal Rights (2003). She is completing a book on animals and anatomy in Louis XIV’s Paris, and is co-PI on an NEH-funded project titled “Historicizing Ecological Restoration,” which uses a case history of a California wetland to examine the practice of ecological restoration.
Donna Haraway is a professor in the History of Consciousness department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches feminist theory, science studies, and animal studies. She earned her doctorate degree in biology at Yale in 1972 and has taught biology at the University of Hawaii and the history of science at Johns Hopkins University. Haraway is the author of Crystals, Fabrics, and Fields: Metaphors that Shape Embryos (1976); Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science (1989); Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (1991); Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleMan©_Meets_Onco Mouse™ (1997); The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness (2003); and When Species Meet (2008). When Species Meet is an example of the recent explosion of trans-disciplinary animal studies—for example, in literature, social geography, art history, film studies, anthropology, environmental studies, philosophy, law, sociology, and, not least, science and technology studies.
Susan McHugh is assistant professor of English at the University of New England. Her research focuses on animals in literary, visual, and scientific narratives. She is the author of Dog (2004), a volume in Reaktion’s series Animal, and her essays have appeared in such journals as AI and Society, Critical Inquiry, Camera Obscura, and Society and Animals. McHugh is also an advisory board member of the H-Animal Discussion Network, and an international associate of the New Zealand Centre for Human–Animal Studies.
Richard Nash is professor of English at Indiana University. He has published several essays and books on literature and science in the eighteenth century, and his book, Wild Enlghtenment (2003) was awarded the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize. [End Page 190] He is currently at work on a book on the origins of the thorough-bred racehorse in the early modern period and what it means to “invent” an animal.
Ruth Ozeki is a filmmaker-turned-novelist, the author of All Over Creation and My Year of Meats. Her short fiction has been widely anthologized, and most recently she was a collaborator on Click, a young-adult novel written with ten authors to benefit Amnesty International. She is an occasional...