Thera Naiman

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Thera Naiman is Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University in the history department and received a grant to conduct archival research on animal rights activists from the Société protectrice des animaux in Paris for her dissertation, “Disordered Taxonomies: Zoos and Difference in Late Nineteenth-Century France.” Her dissertation calls for a rethinking of top-down models of natural history and zoology. She writes:

My research proposes that these classificatory systems were challenged and reimagined by those whom historians have not considered active agents in the process: visitors, zookeepers, activists, and—perhaps most importantly—the displayed animals and people themselves.