A short bio appears below. If you are interested in the complete Curriculum Vitae of Paul Waldau, a link to a draft dated Jun22, 2015, appears at the bottom of this page.
Paul Waldau is an educator, scholar and activist working at the intersection of animal studies, ethics, law, religion, and cultural studies. He is a Professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where he is the Director and senior faculty member for the on-line graduate program in Anthrozoology (www.canisius.edu/anthrozoology/).
In Spring 2014, Paul taught again taught "Animal Law" at Harvard Law School as the Barker Visiting Professor of Animal Law. He also teaches the Harvard Summer Term's online course "Animals: Religion and Ethics." He serves as well as the President of the Religion and Animals Institute (www.relgionandanimals.org).
Paul holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Oxford, a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School, and a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University in Religious Studies. He is the author or editor of five books.
From 2004 through 2008, Paul was the Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and directed the Center’s Master of Science graduate program in human-animal studies.
Paul's first book, The Specter of Speciesism: Buddhist and Christian Views of Animals, was published by Oxford University Press in 2001.
A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics, on which Paul is co-editor, was published by Columbia University Press in 2006. Paul also co-edited An Elephant in the Room: The Science and Well-being of Elephants in Captivity, which was published by the Center for Animals and Public Policy in 2008.
In 2011, Animal Rights was published by Oxford University Press in its "What Everyone Needs to Know" series, and in 2013 Animal Studies - An Introduction was also published by Oxford University Press.
Paul publishes widely, examples of which are the Encyclopedia of Religion article on “Animals” and numerous articles on law and ethics. Copies of various publications and interviews can be accessed at www.paulwaldau.com and www.religionandanimals.org.
Paul has also directed the Yale Law School “Animal Law Reading Group” (2007 and 2003), and also taught courses at Boston College Law School and Suffolk University Law School. Paul has also offered lectures in the summer term for Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.
He is also the co-founder of the Animals and Religion Group at the American Academy of Religion and a consultant for many institutes and groups interested in animal protection issues.