Ralph R. Acampora, Associate Professor of Philosophy, teaches in the areas of applied ethics and history of (esp. modern) philosophy. He conducts research in the fields of environmental philosophy, bioethics, and animal studies. He has authored Corporal Compassion: Animal Ethics and Philosophy of Body (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), edited Metamophoses of the Zoo: Animal Encounter After Noah, co-edited A Nietzschean Bestiary (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), and has published work in a variety of books and journals.

Carol J. Adams is the author of many books, most notablyThe Sexual Politics of Meat (1990).  With Josephine Donovan she brought the feminist care tradition in animal ethics into focus.  For decades she has worked to highlight the links between the oppression of women and that of non-human animals, in her writing, her speaking engagements, and her other advocacy work.  She has published around 100 articles on vegetarianism, animal rights, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

Deane Curtin is Professor of Philosophy and the Hanson-Peterson Chair at Gustavus Adolphus College. This year he is a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow working at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamshala, India where he co-coordinates a project for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to translate Western philosophy into Tibetan. He is the author of books and articles focusing mainly on environmental ethics and the ethics of community development. He is currently writing a book on ethics without the concepts of good and evil.

Karen Davis is the founder and president of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Her many articles have appeared in books and journals and her books include Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry; More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality; The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities;  and A Home For Henny.

Josephine Donovan is the author or editor of thirteen books. She has also published numerous articles in animal ethics, feminist theory, and literary history and criticism. Her most recent books include Feminist Theory:  The Intellectual Traditions, 4th edition (2012) and European Local-Color Literature (2010).  With Carol Adams she co-edited The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics (2007) and Animals and Women (1995).  She is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Maine.

Karen Emmerman received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Washington in March 2012.  Her dissertation is entitled “Beyond the Basic/Nonbasic Interests Distinction: A Feminist Approach to Inter-Species Moral Conflict and Moral Repair.” She is particularly interested in how to account for the importance of humans’ personal relationships and significant projects without allowing that importance to serve as a trump to animals’ interests when there are conflicts.

Greta Gaard is author of The Nature of Home (2007) and Ecological Politics: Ecofeminists and the Greens (1998), editor of Ecofeminism:  Women, Animals, Nature (1993), and co-editor of Ecofeminist Literary Criticism (1998).  Her essays have appeared in a variety of journals and volumes of feminist, environmental, sexuality, and cultural studies collections.  She is co-editing an international volume on Feminist Ecocriticism with Serpil Oppermann and Simon Estok, forthcoming in 2013.  Currently on sabbatical in south Minneapolis, Gaard works as an Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls .

Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University where she also coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies.  Her work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and practice, focusing on issues that impact women, people of color, non-human animals.  She has published extensively on topics in ecofeminist ethics, animal ethics, and environmental philosophy.  She is the author of two books on animal ethics, most recently Ethics and Animals:  An Introduction (Cambridge, 2011).

pattrice jones co-founded (along with Miriam Jones) VINE Sanctuary (formerly Eastern Shore Sanctuary: www.bravebirds.org), which shelters and advocates for animals within an ecofeminist understanding of the intersection of oppressions. Her book, Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World is a guide for activists.

lauren Ornelas is the founder/director of the all-volunteer Food Empowerment Project, a vegan nonprofit organization that seeks to create a more just world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices. They work in solidarity with farm workers, advocate for slave-free chocolate and focus on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities.  lauren currently serves as Campaign Director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.

Rosemary Radford Ruether is the Carpenter Emerita Professor of Feminist Theology at Pacific School of Religion and the GTU. She has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, and activist in the Roman Catholic Church, and is well known as a groundbreaking figure in Christian feminist theology.  Ruether has published numerous books, including Sexism and God-Talk, Integrating Ecofeminism, Globalization, and World Religions (Nature’s Meaning) (January 2005), and Mountain Sisters: From Convent To Community In Appalachia.

Jasmin Singer is the Executive Director of Our Hen House, a multimedia hive of opportunities to change the world for animals. Our Hen House was named the 2011 Indie Media Powerhouse by VegNews Magazine. Along with her partner, Mariann Sullivan, Jasmin is the co-host of the popular weekly Our Hen House podcast. Jasmin is a contributing writer for VegNews Magazine, a host for VegNews TV, and has written for Satya Magazine and Heeb Magazine.  She is the former campaigns manager for Farm Sanctuary.

Deborah Slicer is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana where she teaches courses in environmental ethics, wilderness ethics, Thoreau, ethics and animals.  She also directs the graduate program in environmental philosophy.

Kim Stallwood is an independent scholar and author. He has more than 35 years of personal commitment and professional experience in leadership positions with some of the world’s foremost animal advocacy organizations in the United Kingdom and United States of America. He co-founded the Animals and Society Institute with Ken Shapiro in 2005 and ASI’s European Director. He is also deputy CEO of Minding Animals International.  His first book, which is scheduled for publication in 2013, explores four key values in animal rights. His second book is a critical evaluation of the animal rights movement in the UK and USA.

Mariann Sullivan is the co-founder and Program Director for Our Hen House.  Mariann is a lawyer and an adjunct professor of animal law at Brooklyn Law School, Cardozo Law School, Columbia Law School, Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR, and NYU Law School. With David Wolfson, she is the author of a trilogy of articles on farmed animals and the law. Mariann is also the author of “The Animal Welfare Act: What’s That?” in the New York State Bar Association Journal.

Richard Twine works at the intersection of critical animal studies, environmental studies, gender studies and science and technology studies. His PhD, completed in 2002, brought together the ecofeminist critique of dualism with that found in much recent sociological writings in order to further probe the basis for intersectionality. He is the author of the book Animals as Biotechnology – Ethics, Sustainability and Critical Animal Studies (Routledge/Earthscan, 2010), as well as several articles and book chapters on ecofeminism, bioethics, and critical animal studies.  Since 1996 he has designed and hosted the ecofeminism web-site www.ecofem.org.