Juno Salazar Parreñas

By: Staff,  A&S Communications
Thu, 08/20/2020

Name and title:

Juno Salazar Parreñas, Assistant Professor, Science & Technology Studies and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Academic focus:

I am a feminist science studies scholar. I study human-animal relations and ideas of nature as a way to think about colonialism, global political economy, and environmental destruction, as well as misogyny, racism, and other entangled forms of social inequality. Much of my research takes place in Southeast Asia.

Current research project: 

After having poured my soul into my book, “Decolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation,” I am designing a new research project on the emergence of “animal retirement” in the midst of a looming global crisis about human retirement.

Previous positions: 

  • Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University, 2014-2020
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University, 2013-2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Agrarian Studies, Yale University, 2012-2013

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard University, 2012
  • A.M., Anthropology, Harvard University 2007
  • M.Phil., Cultural analysis, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 2002
  • B.A., Women’s Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2001

Last book read:

“Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory Farm” by Alex Blanchette

In your own time/when not working:

I enjoy strolling along the gorgeous gorges that I associate with Ithaca, Cornell and the Haudenasaunee Confederacy.

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Environmental Ethics; the graduate proseminar in Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies

What most excites you about Cornell:

I am thrilled to be part of a robust and friendly intellectual community!

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