Iván Sandoval-Cervantes, , Grantee Link >
Iván Sandoval-Cervantes is a Cultural Anthropologist from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and is currently a professor at the University of Nevada. He received a grant for “Redefining dog breeds in Mexico City: Race, Nationalism, and Compassion.” This project will examine the relationship between dog-breed and dog adoption in Mexico City. Rescue dog organizations are redefining dog-breeds using racial terminology, such as mestizo (mixed). This terminology seeks to provoke compassion, empathy, and higher adoption rates. It is also changing how people think of dog-breeds and racial terminology. He writes:
There is an increasing interest from critical animal studies to look at the relationship between racial categories and non-human animals. Race and species are interrelated concepts but their relationship is not often analyzed. I believe that a project like this will allow for a deeper analysis of how race and species are discussed in the day-to-day lives of people interested in giving dogs a better life while remaining aware of the ways in which people distinguish between different dog breeds and different racial categories.