Amy Field is a cultural anthropologist focusing on Central Europe, animals and nature, and law. She studied Society & Environment at UC Berkeley, where she received a B.S. with Honors (2009) in the College of Natural Resources. She then studied Sociocultural Anthropology at New York University (NYU), earning an M.A. (2012) and a Ph.D. (2017).
Amy's current work examines the effects of new understandings of animal well-being on practices of animal care and the everyday disputes and challenges that legal, cultural, and economic pressures on human-animal interactions produce. Her research investigates these issues through long-term ethnographic research with animal farmers, consumers, activists, and regulators in Germany.
Amy's research has been supported by the NYU Animal Studies Initiative, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and its Law, Organization, Science, and Technology Research Group, the NYU Provost’s Global Research Initiative, Fulbright-IIE, the American Germanistic Society, and the Wenner Gren Foundation. She was awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award from the NYU College of Arts & Sciences in May 2016. She also currently works in academic publishing, and is a member of the international Law, Organization, Science, & Technology (LOST) Research Network out of Halle (Saale), Germany (www.lost-research-group.org/).