The following were Visiting Scholars to the Animal Studies Initiative during academic year 2014-15:

Livia Boscardin 

Visiting Scholar, Department of Environmental Studies & Animal Studies Initiative

PhD Student in Sociology, University of Basel



After receiving her Bachelor’s from the University of Basel in sociology and science of religion in 2009 and her Master’s from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, in development studies in 2012, Livia is now writing a sociological PhD thesis on Animals and Sustainable Development. In her research, she analyzes the consideration of nonhuman animals, especially farmed animals, in the concept and practice of sustainable development. Livia has presented her findings at conferences in Europe and Australia and published on the issue. Her interests include critical animal studies, sustainable development/degrowth, Critical Theory, ecofeminism, and intersectionality. Further, Livia has been the coordinative assistant of the doctoral program “Law and Animals: Ethics at Crossroads” of the University of Basel and is currently co-editing a book on animal law and ethics (“Animal Law: Reform or Revolution?” with A. Peters and S. Stucki, Schulthess Verlag). She recently has been awarded scholarship of excellence by the Swiss National Science Foundation and will spend the Spring term of 2015 as a visiting PhD student at the Animal Studies Initiative, New York University.

Eileen Crist
Associate Professor, Department of Science and Technology in Society, Virgina Tech

Eileen Crist received her Bachelor’s from Haverford College in sociology in 1982 and her doctoral degree from Boston University in 1994, also in sociology, with a specialization in life sciences and society. She has been teaching at Virginia Tech in the Department of Science and Technology in Society since 1997. She is author of Images of Animals: Anthropomorphism and Animal Mind. She is also co-editor of Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis; Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation; and most recently Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth. Eileen is author of numerous per-reviewed papers and contributor to the late journal Wild Earth. Many of her publications can be accessed on her website. While at NYU she will be working on a book (tentatively titled Restoring Abundant Earth) in which she will argue for the linked imperatives of humanely lowering the human population, de-industrializing the food system, and redesigning/limiting human habitats so as to share the biosphere generously with the entire community of life.