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Brett Mizelle

Brett Mizelle is Professor of History and Director of the American Studies Program at California State University Long Beach. His publications include books, articles, book chapters, and reviews in the fields of nineteenth-century American history and the history of human-animal relationships. His book Pig (Reaktion Books, 2011) charts how humans have shaped the pig and how the pig has shaped us, focusing on the unresolved contradictions between the fiction and the reality of our relationships with pigs. Recent articles trace the contestation over the training and exhibition of horses and big cats in the history of the American circus (in The American Circus [Bard Graduate Center & Yale University Press, 2012]), connect environmental history and American Studies by looking at historical and contemporary American food production and consumption (in Marguerite S. Shaffer and Phoebe S.K. Young, eds., Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics [University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015]), and engage the historical and contemporary challenges of multispecies justice. He is researching a book-length animal studies project on the discursive and material making and taking of animal life in nineteenth-century America and completing the Reaktion “Animal Series” book Squirrel. He is also Associate Editor, History for Society and Animals and the recipient of the Humane Society of the United States’ “Animals and Society Course Award” for his CSULB American Studies class “Animals in American Culture.”

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