Australasian Animal Studies Association

Rutledge-Prior, Dr Serrin

Research Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy

Australian National University

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Research interests / activities

I am currently completing a research Masters in the School of Politics and International Relations at the ANU under the supervision of Keith Dowding and Alexandra Oprea. My thesis asks how animals can better be protected within the judicial system, and in it I explore some of the following questions: can and do animals have legal rights? What are the key barriers to animals having legal rights? Should animals be granted legal personhood? Do animals need to be legal persons to have legal rights?

My other key research interests include animal morality and ethics, environmental politics, and the political representation of marginalised groups.


Rutledge-Prior, Serrin. Forthcoming. Vegans and “Green-collared Criminals”: The De-politicization of Animal Advocacy in Public Discourse. Polity.

Rutledge-Prior, Serrin. 2023. Just Fodder: The Ethics of Feeding Animals. Contemporary Political Theory. [Book Review]

Rutledge-Prior, Serrin. 2023. How to Win Multispecies Friends and Influence Anthropocentric People: Review of Jane Mummery and Debbie Rodan, Imagining New Human–Animal Futures in Australia. Humanimalia 13(2): 247–252. [Book Review]

Rutledge-Prior, Serrin. 2022. Criminalising (Cubes of) Truth: Animal Advocacy, Civil Disobedience, and the Politics of Sight. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.

Serrin Rutledge-Prior, and Tara Ward. 2021. Pricking the Public's Conscience: Implications of R v Radunz for the Future of Political Protest in Australia. Ethos: Official Publication of the Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory 259: 44-51.

Rutledge-Prior, Serrin. 2019. Moral Responsiveness and Nonhuman Animals: A Challenge to Kantian Morality. Ethics & the Environment 24(1), 45-76.