A short bio appears below. If you are interested in the complete Curriculum Vitae of Paul Waldau, click on the following to download a copy.
Paul Waldau is a scholar working at the intersection of animal studies, ethics, religion, law and cultural studies. In September of 2011, Paul will begin as an Associate Professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where he will be the senior faculty member for Canisius' new on-line graduate program in Anthrozoology (www.canisius.edu/anthrozoology/).
Paul is currently President of the Religion and Animals Institute, whose website is www.relgionandanimals.org. 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 has 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.
Paul is the author or editor of four books with two more about to be published. 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.
Paul has competed his fifth book, which will be published in 2011 or 2012 under the title The Animal Invitation: Religion, Law, Science and Ethics in a More-Than-Human World. Paul is currently working on his sixth book, which will be published in 2011 or 2012 by Oxford University Press under the title Animal Studies: An Introduction.
Paul publishes widely, recent examples of which are the article in the prestigious Encyclopedia of Religion on “Animals” and a series of articles in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education on ethics instruction in veterinary schools. Copies of various publications by Paul, as well as various interviews, can be accessed at www.paulwaldau.com and www.religionandanimals.org.
Paul taught ethics courses at the veterinary school for ten years, and in 2012 will again serve as the Barker Lecturer in Animal Law at Harvard Law School. 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 offered lectures in the summer term for Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and in 2011 he will again offer a Harvard Summer Term course entitled “Religion and Animals.” He is also the co-founder of the Animals and Religion Consultation at the American Academy of Religion and a consultant for many institutes and groups interested in animal protection issues.