The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies is delighted to announce Dr. Logan O'Laughlin's successful defense of their Ph.D.
Advisor Priti Ramamurthy:
Their committee was unanimous in judging the dissertation of exceptional quality. "Toxic Animal Encounters: Queer Environmental Threats and Racialized Reproduction Anxieties" argues that spectacular environmental disasters animate human anxieties around mortality; toxin-exposed animals act as ambassadors and foils for the health of white heterosexual families in the U.S.; the figuration of toxic animals affect how humans conceptualize and respond to environmental disasters. The dissertation intervenes by bringing Critical Animal Studies and Critical Race Studies to bear on Queer Ecologies. It develops a unique feminist methodology that combines critical discourse analysis with historical research to open up the terrain of politics for multispecies environmental justice. We can all look forward to a splendid book!
Congratulations, Logan, on a terrific dissertation and thoughtful, illuminating defense.