Australasian Animal Studies Association

Hill, Dr Kris

Dr Kristine Hill

PhD Candidate

University of Exeter
Research interests / activities

Once upon a time I was a plant developmental biology, and before that I was employed within the equestrian industry. Today am working on my second PhD in anthrozoology while building the foundations of a new career – either as an academic, educator, or within a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of both human and non-human animals. As part of the Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group, my doctoral project focuses on cat-human relations and social discourses surrounding free-roaming urban cats. My anthrozoology publications can be accessed here:

I co-organise an international student conference (Anthrozoology as International Practice, AIP), which provides students (including undergraduates) an opportunity to present their research (online), get a feel for the research culture and opportunities, and make connections with peers and potential mentors. I strongly believe that research should always be more than an academic exercise and am co-founder and host The Anthrozoology Podcast. I am passionate about the issue of companion animals and rental accommodation (including nursing homes and temporary shelters) and homelessness. 'Pets In Housing' is a key focus of SCAS, a non-profit organisation dedicated to advocacy and research related to the companion animal-human bond, for which I serve as a volunteer communications officer.



J. Hooper, T. Aiello, K. Hill, M. Szydlowski, S. Oxley Heaney (2023). Nothing but “Activists”: Accusations of Bias and the Politics of Research that Advocates for Non-Human Animals. Animal Studies Journal. In press.

K. Hill (2022). Feral and out of control: a moral panic over free-roaming cats? in Anthrozoology Studies: Animal Life and Human Culture, edited by I. Frasin, G. Bodi, S. Bulei, C. D. Vasiliu. Romania: Presa Universitară Clujeană. pp. 123-157.

T. Howell, L. Nieforth, C. Thomas-Pino, L. Samet, S. Agbonika, F. Cuervas-Pavincich, N. Ekholm Fry, K. Hill, et al. (77 authors) (2022). Defining Terms Used for Animals Working in Support Roles for People with Support Needs. Animals, 12(15), 1975. DOI: 10.3390/ani12151975

K. Hill, M. Szydlowski, S. Oxley Heaney, D. Busby (2022). Uncivilized behaviors: how humans wield “feral” to assert power (and control) over other species. Society & Animals, Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1163/15685306-bja10088

T. Warda, T. Aiello, K. Hill (2022). Nonhuman Animals as Symbols in the #BlackLivesMatter Protests of 2020. Society & Animals, Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1163/15685306-bja10116

M. Szydlowski, K. Hill, S. Oxley Heaney, J. Hooper (2022). Domestication and domination: human language as a tool for controlling animal bodies. TRACE ∴ Journal for Human-Animal Studies, 8, 32-55. DOI:10.23984/fjhas.110388

S. Oxley Heaney K. Hill, S. Oxley Heaney, M. Szydlowski , J. Hooper, T. Aiello (2022). Members Only? the exclusion and inclusion of non-human animal immigrants across human-defined borders. TRACE ∴ Journal for Human-Animal Studies, 8, 56-81. DOI:10.23984/fjhas.110811

J. Hooper, T. Aiello, K. Hill (2022). Portrayals of Animals in Covid-19 News Media. Anthrozoös, 35(2), 237-257. DOI:10.1080/08927936.2021.1974703

K. Hill (2021). Liminal animals in liminal spaces: A day at Berlin Zoo. Animalia, 5(1), 24-31.

K. Hill (2021). Animal-themed tattoo narratives: Insights into ontological perspectives. Anthrozoös, 34(4), 579-596. DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2021.1914441

K. Hill (2021). Happy Hens or Healthy Eggs – A Summative Content Analysis Of How Hens Are Represented In Supermarket Egg Boxes Narratives. TRACE ∴ Journal for Human-Animal Studies, 7(1), 70-94. DOI: 10.23984/fjhas.98684

K. Hill (2020). Tattoo narratives: Insights into multispecies kinship and griefwork. Anthrozoös, 33:6, 709-726, DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2020.1824652