Invited Talks

            2018     “Slaughterhouse Ethnographies.” University of California, San Diego. Studio for Tactical Ethnography.                            February 20.

2018    “Financialization on the Factory Farm.” University of California, Santa Barbara. Center for the Study of                 Work, Labor, and Democracy. January 26.

2015     “Uncertain hog futures (or, two bacon shortages and the financial life of the capitalist pig).” University                 of Chicago Animal Studies Workshop. Chicago, IL. November 18.

2010     “Beyond Animal Farm: Rethinking the (Human) Limits of the Political.” University of Auckland                               Department of Political Science Seminar Series, April 13.


Panels Organized

2016     “Thinking with Animals: Conceptualizing Politics Through a Nonhuman Lens.” Western Political                           Science Association Annual Meeting. San Diego. March 25.



            2018     “Animals, Contradiction, and Value” by Dinesh Wadiwel. University of California, Santa Barbara.                                      January 29.

2015     Counting Species by Rafi Youatt. New School for Social Research, Politics Department New Authors                   Symposium. December 7.


Presented Papers

            2018     “The Bullfighter Dies: Masculinity, Violence, and Judgment at the End of an Era.” Latin American                                      Studies Association (LASA) Annual Meeting. Barcelona. May 26.

            2017     “Uncertain Hog Futures: Biocapitalist Crisis and Financialization on the Factory Farm.” Imagining the                              Future: Financial Capitalism and the Social Imagination. University College London. July 11.

                         “A Profitable Virus: Biocapitalist Arbitrage and Financialization on the Factory Farm.” Heilbroner                                      Center Symposium: What’s the Matter with Capitalism? New York City. April 21.

                         “What Exactly is Locker Room Talk? Sport and the Performance of Masculinity.” Visions for Canada.                                 Carleton University, Ottawa. March 4.

2016     “Research Beta: Kinesthetic Notes from an Ethnographic Training Journal.” American Anthropological                 Association (AAA) Annual Meeting. Minneapolis. Panel on “Extreme Anthropology: Fieldwork Training               Regimes for New Bodily Terrain.” Nov. 18.

             “Porcine Arbitrage: Financialized Life and the Biopolitics of Value.” Fellow Travelers: An Animal                           Studies Conference. Wesleyan University. Panel on “Animals and Biopower.” Middletown, Sep.30.

             “American Swine: Ethnographic Value Chain Research as Epistemic Cartography.” American Political                   Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting. Panel on “New Approaches to Ethnography.”                                 Philadelphia, PA. Sep. 3.

             “ ‘unresolved dilemmas…”: Subjectivity and instrumentality in the interspecies imaginaries of Temple                   Grandin and Donna Haraway.” WPSA Annual Meeting. San Diego. March 25.

2015     “Stalled Ethics: The Gestation Crate as a Site of Commodity Compassion.” (with Lori Gruen) Pig Out:                    Hogs and Humans in Global and Historical Context. Yale University. October 18

             “Pig hunting in America: Discontinuous ethnography as epistemic cartography.” Meeting of the                           Ethnography of Movement and Mobility Research Cluster. The New School, NYC. May 8.

2014      “How to Profit From an Epidemic: PEDv and Biopolitical Arbitrage on the Factory Farm.” Midwest                        Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Meeting. Panel on “Justice, Human, Animal.” Chicago, IL.                April 19.

              “Creative Transparency: Animal Welfare Certification and the Politics of Humane Consumption.” APSA                Annual Meeting. Panel on “Food and Politics.” Washington, D.C. August 30.

              “Sovereignty Beyond Territory and Species? The Implications of the Proposed Ross Sea Marine                          Protected Area.” Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Meeting. Panel on                                    “Preempting Anthropogenic Ecological Devastation.” Seattle. April 17.

2013      “The Politics of Glass Walls: Industrial Farm Animals as Contested Commodities.” In Bodies We Trust:                  Performance, Affect & Political Economy. Northwestern University. October 13.

              “ ‘Postmodernism’, (bio)politics, and the animal question: a response to Gary Steiner’s Animals and                    the Limits of Postmodernism.” Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture at                    the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada. Victoria University. June 6.

              “The Bacon Shortage and the Killable Commodity.” New School for Social Research Graduate                             Biopolitics Symposium. Panel on “Bestial-Human-Divine.” Feb. 23, 2013.

      “This Little Piggy Went to Market.” Across Species Lines, New York University, Jan. 25.

2012       “Important Cows, Feral Goats, Possum Pests: The New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy and the                             (Bio)Political Taxonomy of Introduced Species.” International Studies Association Northeast                                 Conference, Baltimore. Panel on “Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics.” November 3.

               “ ‘… a moment of silence.’: Temple Grandin, animal welfare, and the limits of rationalized interspecies                 violence.” Minding Animals, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Panel on “New Animal Ethics.” July 6.

2010       “The Necropolitics of Whaling.” Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS), University of                       Auckland, New Zealand. July 2.


Audio-Visual Exhibits

2016     Photographs from fieldwork included in the “Ethnography in the Extended Field” exhibit (May-June)                   and online archive, hosted by the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography, and Social Thought                     (GIDEST).