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Anna L. Peterson, Professor

105 Anderson Hall
Social Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Religion and Politics in Latin America

Anna Peterson is professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School and her AB from the University of California at Berkeley.  Her research interests are in religion and social change, especially in Latin America; environmental and social ethics; and animal studies. She has published a number of articles, chapters, and book in these areas. Her current research explores the politics and ethics of companion animal rescue. She is also involved in collaborative study, with wildlife ecologists and veterinarians, of the social and ecological context of outdoor cats.

Recent books:

  • Being Animal: Beasts and Boundaries in Nature Ethics.  Forthcoming from Columbia University Press in spring 2013.
  • With Charles Kibert, Martha Monroe, Richard Plate, and Leslie Paul Thiele. Working Toward Sustainability: Ethical Decision Making in a Technological World. Hoboken: John Wiley, 2011.
  • Everyday Ethics and Social Change: The Education of Desire. New York: Columbia, 2009.
  • With Manuel Vásquez, Latin American Religions: Histories and Documents in Context (edited and with introductions). New York: New York University Press, 2008.

Recent awards:

  • Elizabeth Wood Dunlevie Honors Term Professor, 2012-13.
  • Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund for Being Animal, 2011.
  • University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship, 2009-2011.
  • National Science Foundation. Co-PI, with Charles Kibert (PI), Martha Monroe, and Les Thiele. “Teaching the Ethics of Sustainability.” 2008-2010.

Curriculum vitae