Kathryn Gillespie

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  • Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Geography
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Research Interests:

Education

PhD, Geography, University of Washington, 2014

MA, Geography, University of Washington, 2010

BA, Creative Writing and Political Science, Sarah Lawrence College, 2006


Biography

Kathryn (Katie) Gillespie is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Geography and the Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. Her research and teaching interests focus on: feminist and multi-species theory and methods; food and agriculture; political economy; critical animal studies;  human-environment relations; and critical race and postcolonial studies. She is the author of The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 [University of Chicago Press, 2018]. She has also published in numerous scholarly journals and has co-edited three books: Vulnerable Witness: The Politics of Grief in the Field [University of California Press, 2018, co-edited with Patricia J. Lopez]; Critical Animal Geographies: Politics, Intersections and Hierarchies in a Multispecies World [Routledge, 2015, co-edited with Rosemary-Claire Collard]; and Economies of Death: Economic Logics of Killable Life and Grievable Death [Routledge, 2015, co-edited with Patricia J. Lopez]. Gillespie was an Animal Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Wesleyan University (2016-2018) and has taught various courses at the University of Washington. She has volunteered with Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (a Puget Sound, WA-based prison education organization), Food Empowerment Project (a food justice organization in Cotati, CA), and Pigs Peace Sanctuary (a sanctuary for pigs in Stanwood, WA)

Courses

ENS 601 ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY: ISSUES AND IDEAS. (3)
This course will survey some of the most important environmental problems (climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, water scarcity) and the tools needed to analyze, understand, and respond to these problems (market-based solutions, political economy, institutional economic theories, environmental ethics). Students will also explore new scientific ideas on sustainability to better understand the contemporary environmental problems the world is facing. With rigorous thinking about the science of sustainability, students will have the knowledge and skills so that they can help institutions, business, public policy, and individuals understand and act on key principles of sustainability. Prereq: Admission to the MA or Graduate Certificate in Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies or permission of instructor.

ENS 602 ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY POLICY AND GOVERNANCE. (3)
This course will explore the roles of governments, markets, and civil society in the creation, adoption, and implementation of environmental and sustainability rules and norms. We will evaluate leading environmental and policy strategies, including traditional state regulation, market-based incentives and regulations created by private actors (civil society and corporations/Corporate Social Responsibility). Increasingly, the interactions between different forms of regulation figure prominently in debates about environmental and sustainability governance. We will draw upon empirical examples of governance and policy for a diverse reference set of environmental and sustainability challenges and solutions. Students will develop strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to contribute to environmental and sustainability policy and governance. Prereq: Admission to online MA program or Graduate Certificate in Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies or consent of instructor. 

ENS 603 COMMUNICATING ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES. (3)
The course provides students an understanding of the latest scientific research in the field of environment and sustainability studies and the tools to communicate this research effectively to the public. In addition, students will learn key technical writing skills to apply knowledge in environmental and sustainability studies. For technical writing, students will develop skills for writing letters, grant proposals, reports, and presentations for specific audiences. To communicate with a broad audience about the questions central to environmental and sustainability studies, students will write short articles, record podcasts, make videos, craft memes, and author multimodal texts. Storytelling and clear description will also be emphasized across multiple platforms, which will include blogs, audio podcasts and short videos, among others. Students will build the critical skillsets necessary for technical writing as well as craft dynamic and compelling stories about environment and sustainability issues. Prereq: Admission to online MA or Graduate Certificate in Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies or consent of instructor.

ENS 605 SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES. (3)
FALL 2020: Confronting the Climate Crisis
Seminar in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, including, for example, environmental racism, environmental justice, sustainability ethics, environment and development, climate change and climate justice, environmental health, or environment and society. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits under different subtitles. Prereq: Admission to the online MA or Graduate Certificate in Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies or permission of instructor. 

Selected Publications: 

BOOK
Gillespie, Kathryn. 2018. The Cow with Ear Tag #1389. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

 

EDITED BOOKS
Gillespie, Kathryn, Patricia J. Lopez (Editors). 2019. Vulnerable Witness: The Politics of Grief in the Field. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Gillespie, Kathryn, Rosemary-Claire Collard (Editors). 2015. Critical Animal Geographies: Politics, Intersections and Hierarchies in a Multispecies World. New York: Routledge.

Lopez, Patricia J., Kathryn Gillespie (Editors). 2015. Economies of Death: Economic Logics of Killable Life and Grievable Death. New York: Routledge.

 

SPECIAL ISSUE
Gillespie, Kathryn, Yamini Narayanan (Guest Editors). 2020. “Animal Nationalisms: Multispecies Cultural Politics, Race, and the (Un)making of the Settler Nation-State.” Journal for Intercultural Studies. 41 (1).

 

ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Gillespie, Kathryn. “Animals.” Research Ethics in Human Geography, edited by Helen Wilson and Jonny Darling, SAGE. [Forthcoming]

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2020. The afterlives of the lively commodity: Life-worlds, death-worlds, rotting-world. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. OnlineFirst.

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2020. Provocation from the field: A multispecies doula approach to death and dying, Animal Studies Journal. 9(1): 1-31.

Gillespie, Kathryn, Yamini Narayanan. 2020. Introduction to Special Issue: Animal Nationalisms: Multispecies Cultural Politics, Race, and the (Un)making of the Settler Nation-StateJournal for Intercultural Studies. 41 (1): 1-7. 

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2019. For a politicized multispecies ethnography: Reflections on a feminist geographic pedagogical experimentPolitics and Animals. 5: 1-16. 

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2019. “Animal welfare.” International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2nd Edition, edited by Audrey Kobayashi. Elsevier. 

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2018. Placing Angola: Racialisation, settler-colonialism, and anthropocentrism at the Louisiana State Penitentiary’s Angola RodeoAntipode. 50 (5): 1267-1289. 

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2018. The loneliness and madness of witnessing: Reflections from a vegan feminist killjoy. In Animaladies, coedited by Lori Gruen and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey. Bloomsbury.

Gillespie, Kathryn, Victoria Lawson. 2017. “My Dog is My Home:” Multispecies care and poverty politics in Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX. Gender, Place, and Culture

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2017. Industrial Slaughter. In Gender: Animals, ed Rheanna S. Parrenas. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender. 

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2017. Feminist Food Politics. In Gender: Animals, ed Rheanna S. Parrenas. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender. 

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2017. Intimacy, animal emotion, and empathy: Multispecies intimacy as slow research practice. In Writing Intimacy into Geography, eds P Moss and C Donovan. Ashgate Publishing.

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2017. Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. In Humans and Animals: A Geography of Coexistence, eds J Urbanik and C Johnston. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press. 

Lopez, Patricia J., Kathryn Gillespie. 2016. A love story: For “buddy system research” in the academyGender, Place, and Culture 23 (12): 1689-1700. 

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2016. Witnessing animal others: Bearing witness, grief, and the political function of emotionHypatia 31 (3): 572-588. 

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2016. Nonhuman animal resistance and the improprieties of live property. In Animals, Biopolitics, Law: Lively Legalities, ed I Braverman. 

Gillespie, Kathryn & Patricia Lopez. 2015. Introducing Economies of Death. In Economies of Death: Economic logics of killable life and grievable death, eds. P. Lopez & K Gillespie. London: Routledge.

Gillespie, Kathryn & Patricia Lopez. 2015. Economies of Death: An ethical framework and future directions. In Economies of Death: Economic logics of killable life and grievable death, eds. P. Lopez & K Gillespie. London: Routledge.

Collard, Rosemary-Claire & Kathryn Gillespie. 2015. Introduction. In Critical Animal Geographies: Politics, Intersections and Hierarchies in a Multispecies World, eds K Gillespie & R-C Collard. New York: Routledge.

Collard, Rosemary-Claire & Kathryn Gillespie. 2015. Doing critical animal geographies: future directions. In Critical Animal Geographies: Politics, Intersections and Hierarchies in a Multispecies World, eds K Gillespie & R-C Collard. New York: Routledge.

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2014. Sexualized violence and the gendered commodification of the animal body in Pacific Northwest US dairy production. Gender, Place and Culture, 21(10): 1321-1337. 

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2011. How happy is your meat? Confronting (dis)connectedness in the ‘alternative’ meat industry. The Brock Review 12(1): 100-128.

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2011. Killing with kindness? Institutionalized violence in ‘humane’ slaughter. Nonkilling Geographies, James Tyner and Joshua Inwood (Eds.) Honolulu, Hawaii: Center for Global Nonkilling.

 

BOOK REVIEWS
Gillespie, Kathryn. 2017. Book Review of The Wrongs of Injustice: Dehumanization and its Role in Feminist Philosophy by Mari MikkolaKennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2016. Book Review of Political Ecologies of Meat edited by Jody Emel and Harvey NeoEconomic Geography, 3(2): 66-67. 

Gillespie, Kathryn. 2015. Book Review of Animal Oppression & Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict by David Nibert, The AAG Review of Books, 3 (2). 

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