Current Research Projects

Faculty of Social Sciences - Department of Sociology

Current Research Projects


"Monsters:  The Case of Marineland" 

from Animal Subjects: An Ethical Reader in a  

Posthuman World edited by Jodey Castricano

"Stamp Out The Tiger Trade" - from the Globe and Mail

"Constructing Terrorists: Propaganda About Animal Rights" from Critical Studies on Terrorism


Useful Websites and Blogs

Abolitionist Animal Rights

Abolitionist Online

Animal Alliance of Canada

Animal Concerns Community

Animal Concerns Research and Education Society

Animal Inventory Blog

Animal Person

Animal Rights Africa

Animal rights and Anti-Oppression

Animal Rights News – Google Groups

Animal Voices Radio

Ark-II Animal Rights Kollective

Association Against Animal Factories

Humane Myth

Niagara Action for Animals

North American Animal Liberation Press Office

On Human-Nonhuman Relations

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Showing Animals Respect and Kindness

World Society for the Protection of Animals




2010 About Canada – Animal Rights. Halifax: Fernwood. (Available March 2010)

2009 Ape. London: Reaktion.

2003 Culture of Prejudice.  (Co-authors Judith Blackwell and Murray Smith).  Peterborough: Broadview

2001 Ghosts and Shadows:  Construction of Identity and Community in an African Diaspora. (co-author, A. Matsuoka) Toronto: University of Toronto Press

1995 Development and Disaster in the Horn of Africa.  (Editor and Contributor) Houndmills, U.K.: Macmillan Press

1994 African Refugees:  Development Aid and Repatriation.  (Co-editor with Dr. Howard Adelman and contributor [See 'Chapters in Books' below]).  Boulder, Col.: Westview Press

1993 Imagining Ethiopia: Struggles for History and Identity in the Horn of Africa.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Chapters in Books

2007 “Monsters: The Case of Marineland.”   Chapter in edited book Animal Subjects: An Ethical Reader. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Jodey Castricano, editor. (In press)

2005 “Ghosts and Shadows: Memory and Resilience Among the Eritrean Diaspora.”  Co-authored (with A. Matsuoka) chapter in edited book: Diaspora, Memory and Identity: A Search for Home.  University of Toronto Press. Vijay Agnew, editor.

1999 "Eritrean Canadian Refugee Households as Sites of Gender Renegotiation" (Atsuko Matsuoka co-author).  Not A Room of One's Own:  Engendering Forced Migration Knowledge and Practice.  Doreen Indra, Ed New York:              Bergahn Books. Pp218-241. (With A. Matsuoka).

1999 "Ethiopians in Canada.”  Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples.  Toronto:  University of Toronto Press. (Encyclopedia entry)

1999 "Oromos in Canada.”  Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples.  Toronto:  University of Toronto Press. (Encyclopedia entry)

1999 "Somalis in Canada.”  The Peoples of Canada.  Toronto:  Multicultural History Society of Ontario.  (Encyclopedia entry).

1998 "Human Rights, Ethnicity and the State.”  Crisis and Terror in the Horn of Africa.  Abebe Zegeye and Pat Lauderdale,         (eds.) Aldershot: Ashgate.

1998 "Ethiopian Discourse and Oromo Nationalism.” Oromos and the Ethiopian Discourse.  Asafa Jalata, ed. Lawrenceville: Red Sea Press

1995 "States of Crisis.”  Development and Disaster in the Horn of Africa. J. Sorenson, ed.. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Macmillan.pp.1-30

1993 "Refugees, Relief and Rehabilitation in the Horn of Africa:  The Eritrean Relief Association." African. Refugees. H. Adelman & J. Sorenson, eds.  Boulder: Westview Press.  pp.69-93.

1993 "An Overview:  Refugees and Development." African. Refugees. H. Adelman &  J. Sorenson, eds. Boulder:  Westview Press.  pp. 175-190.

1992 "Afghan Refugees in Pakistan:  Prospects for Repatriation."  Repatriation During Conflict in Africa and Asia.  F. Cuny &  B. Stein, eds.. Dallas:  Center for the Study of Societies in Crisis,  pp. 245-287 

Articles in Refereed Journals

2009  “Constructing Terrorists: Propaganda about Animal Rights.” Critical Studies on Terrorism. 2(2):237-256

2006  “Doctrine of Demons: Attacking Animal Advocacy.”  Green Theory and Praxis.1(2). April.

2005 “Ideas of North: the Eritrean Diaspora in Canada.”   Co-author Atsuko Matsuoka. Journal of Eritrean Studies. 4(2):85-         114

2002 “Some Strange Things Happening in Our Country.’’ Opposing Proposed Changes in Anti-Cruelty Laws in Canada.”  Social and Legal Studies. 12(3):377-402.

2001 "Phantom Wars and Cyberwars: Abyssinian Fundamentalism and Catastrophe in Eritrea.” Co-author Atsuko Matsuoka. Dialectical Anthropology. 26:37-63.

1999 Eritrean women in Canada: Negotiating new lives. Canadian Woman Studies les cahiers de la femme. 19(3), 104-109.

1999   “Independence for East Timor.”  Brock Review.7(10):3-25.

1997 Review Essay:  "East Timor and the United Nations" Eritrean Studies Review. 2(2).

1996 "Learning to be Oromo:  Nationalist Discourse in the Diaspora.”  Social Identities.  2(3):439-467.

1994 "Afghan Refugees in Pakistan: Some Problems for Repatriation.”  Refuge. (Accepted 1994 by editor but not published)

1993 "Essence and Contingency in the Construction of Nationhood: Transformations of Identity in Ethiopian Diasporas.”  Diaspora. 2(2):201-228.

1993 "Conference Report:  Repatriation During Conflict.” Disasters. 17(2):177-179.

1992 "Conference Report: Development After Disaster.”  Disasters.   16(4):272-273.

1992 "Foreign Agents, Headless Chickens: Discourse and Ideology on the Horn of Africa.”  The Horn Review. 1(2):33-54.

1992 "History and Identity in the Horn of Africa.”  Dialectical Anthropology.  17(3):227-252. 

1991 "Ethnic Identity and Social Service Delivery:  Some Models Examined in Relation to Immigrants and Refugees from           Ethiopia.” Canadian Social Work Review. (Co-author Atsuko Matsuoka).  8(2):255-268.

1991 "Ethiopia's Refugees.”   Refuge. 10(4):3-4. 

1991 "Eritrean Refugees in Eastern Sudan.”  (Review Essay) Refuge.10(4):5.

1991 "Eritrean Nationalism and Politics of Exile.”   Journal of Modern African Studies.29(2):301-317.

1991 "Caputo's Horn of Africa and Keneally's To Asmara: A Discourse on Western Fiction of African Struggles .”   The Horn Review. 1(1):71-76.

1991 "Opposition, Exile and Identity:  The Eritrean Case.” Journal of Refugee Studies.  3(4):298-319.

1991 "Mass Media and Discourse on Famine in the Horn of Africa.”   Discourse and Society.  2(2):223-242.

1991 "Politics of Social  Identity: Ethiopians in Canada.”  Journal of Ethnic Studies.  19(1):67-86.

1991 "Covering War and Famine in the Horn of Africa.” Northeast Afican Studies. 12(2&3):133-145.

1991 "Race Relations:  Ethiopians in Canada.”  Currents. 6(3).

1990 "Building A New Society in the Horn of Africa.”   Journal of Eritrean Studies. IV(1).

1988 "Women and Literacy in Eritrea.”   Canadian Woman Studies.  9 (3/4).

Published Refereed Conference Proceedings

1992 "Media, War and Famine.”  Proceedings, Fifth Conference; Northeast African Studies.  East Lansing: University of             Michigan.

Book Reviews:

2006 'Review Essay: Animal Ethics' (review of  Richard W. Bulliet, Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers: The Past and Future of Human-Animal Relationships; Robert Garner, Animal Ethics; Jacky Turner and Joyce D’Silva, Animals, Ethics and Trade) Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, September - October 2006

2006 'Review of Rod Preece, Brute Souls, Happy Beasts, and Evolution:  The Historical Status of Animals.' Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, May - June 2006. <>

2004 “Leslie Irvine: If You Tame Me.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press.” Animals & Society Newsletter. American Sociological Association.

1994  "The Transparency of Evil:  Essays on Extreme Phenomena.” Canadian Journal of Sociology.

1994 "Images of Postmodern Society.”  Journal of Communications. 44(2)

1994 "Feminist Methods in Social Research.”  Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology.

1994 "The Retreat of Scientific Racism.”  Canadian Journal of Sociology.

1994 "Refugees from Revolution.”   Refuge.  (Accepted, but not published)

1993 "Refugee Communities.”  Refuge.12(7):18.

1992 "The Oromo of Ethiopia A History 1570-1869.” The Horn Review.  1(2):66-68.

1994 "Mosaic or Patchwork? Canadian Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa.”  Canadian Journal of  African Studies. 

1992 "Red Tears.”  Journal of Eritrean Studies

1991 "Eritrea A Pawn in World Politics." Africa Today. 38(4):77-78.

1991 "Suffering Strong.”  Northeast African Studies.  13(2&3):226-228. (Also published in 13(1):83-88.)

1988 "The Story of an African Famine."  Journal of Eritrean Studies.  II(2):42-43.

Articles in Non-Refereed Journals and Publications

2004 “SLAPP Happy Zoo Masters: Marineland is Trying to Silence Critics with a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.”  Briarpatch ,  July-Sept, 2004

Also published on-line at the Center on Animal Liberation Affairs at

and as “Not Everybody Loves Marineland” in The Activist:

and at Dissident Voice:

1991 "Canadian Role in Indonesia Opportunistic.”   Winnipeg Free Press, December 12.

1990 "An End to Africa's Longest War?.”   Z. 3(2)

1988 "Horn of Africa Showdown."  International Perspectives.  XVII(4).

1988 "A Friend to the Colonel."  New Internationalist. 190

1988 "Poisoning Africa."   Briarpatch. 18(2).

Research-Based Reports to Governmental or Comparable Agencies

1992 Afghan Refugees in Pakistan: Prospects for Repatriation. Canadian International Development Agency /University of           Manitoba:  Disaster Research Unit Monograph Series.

1991 Review of Private Refugee Sponsorship in Winnipeg.  Ottawa: Employment and Immigration Canada.

1992 Ethnic Identity and Resettlement. Employment & Immigration Canada, Research & Analysis Directorate, Research  Abstract series.  (Accepted)

1990 Eritreans in Toronto.  (Summary of findings). Toronto: Secretary of State.

1986 Interview with Issayas Afeworki, Secretary-General, Eritrean People's Liberation Front. Toronto: Eritrean Relief                      Association in Canada.

1986 Report on a Visit to Eritrea.  Toronto: Eritrean Relief Association in Canada.