Dr. Vasile Stanescu

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Chair of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts Department

Director of Speech and Debate

Vasile StanescuDr. Vasile Stanescu is associate professor of Communication Studies at Mercer University. Stanescu is co-editor of the Critical Animal Studies book series published by Rodopi/Brill, the co-founder of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies (NAACAS), the former co-editor of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, and former co-organizer of the Stanford Environmental Humanities Project. Dr. Stanescu is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications on the critical study of animals and the environment. Dr. Stanescu’s research has been recognized by The Woods Institute for the Environment, Minding Animals International, The Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Culture and Animals Foundation, the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, and the Institutul Cultural Român (Institute for Romanian Culture), among others.

Dr. Stanescu also serves the director of the University Program in Speech and Debate, one of the top debate teams in the nation.


  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.A., University of Texas at Dallas
  • B.A., University of Texas at Dallas


Critical animal studies, food studies, rhetorics of environmentalism, climate change, critical theory.

Professional Interests

Dr. Stanescu’s research has included work on locavorism, humane meat, free-range farming, “compassionate carnivores,” invasive species, the environmental effects of animal agriculture (including factory farms), the work by Temple Grandin, and the still-emerging practice of in vitro meat.

Dr. Stanescu’s research has also focused on issues of “intersectionality” and the way in which animal studies relates to other social justice issues including issues of gender, race, class, disability, and colonialism.

Other Interests

Magic tricks, cooking, hiking, and spending (lots) of time with dogs.

Recent Publications

  • “Lost in Translation: Temple Grandin, Sexual Violence, & The Myth of Consent,” Disability and Animality: Crip Perspectives in Critical Animal Studies, Routledge. (2020). 161-181. Invited.
  • “‘Cowgate:’ Meat Eating and Climate Change Denial” Climate Change Denial and Public Relations. Strategic Communication and Interest Groups in Climate Inaction Routledge. (2019):178-194. doi:10.4324/9781351121798. Invited
  • “Selling Eden: Environmentalism, Local Meat, and the Postcommodity Fetish.” American Behavioral Scientist, (February 2019), 63 (8). doi:10.1177/0002764219830462. 1120-1136. Invited.
  • “‘White Power Milk’: Milk, Dietary Racism, and the ‘Alt-Right,’” Animal Studies Journal, 7(2), 2018, 103-128. Invited
  • “The Personal Is Political: Orthorexia Nervosa, the Pathogenization of Veganism, and Grief as a Political Act,” Animaladies. Bloomsbury. (2018). 137-154. (co-authored with James Stanescu).
  • “New Weapons: “Humane Farming,” Biopolitics, and the Post-Commodity Fetish.”
    Animal Oppression and Capitalism, Praeger. (2017): 209-228. Invited.
  • 16. “Uova e prosciutto “green”? Il mito della carne sostenibile e i pericoli del locavorismo” [Green Eggs and Ham? The myth of sustainable meat and the dangers of locavorism]Liberazioni – Rivista di critica antispecista. [Liberations-Anti-Specieist Criticisms] VIII. 29. (2017) [Reprint of the English version into Italian. Translated, updated, and edited.]
  • “The Judas Pig: The Killing of “Feral” Pigs on the Santa Cruz Islands, Biopolitics, and the Rise of the Post-Commodity Fetish.” The Ethics and Rhetoric of Invasion Ecology. Lexington Books. (2017): 61-86. [Reprint of the German version in English. Translated and significantly expanded.]
  • “Beyond Happy Meat” The Future of Meat Without Animals, Rowman and Littlefield, (2016):133-154 [Partial Reprint of Crocodile Tears: Compassionate Carnivores and the Marketing of ‘Happy Meat:’ Updated and expanded into a new topic area].
  • “The Whopper Virgins: Hamburgers, Gender, and Xenophobia” Critical Perspectives on Meat Culture, Brill, (2016): 90-108.
  • “The Future of Critical Animal Studies: From the Margins to the Center,” The Future of Critical Animals Studies: A Reader, Rutledge, (co-authored with Helena Pedersen), (2014): 262-276. [Partial reprint of “One Struggle;” updated and expanded into new areas]
  • “Das „Judas-Schwein“Wie wir „invasive Spezies“ unter der Vorgabe des „Naturschutzes“ töten,” [The Judas Pig: How we Kill “Invasive Species” on the Excuse of “Protecting Nature”] Journal fürkritische Tierstudien [The German Journal for Critical Animal Studies] Vol. 1, No. 1, (2014) :1-15.
  • “Kangaroo Court: Analyzing the 2006 ‘Hearing’ on the AETA,” The Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism ACT, Lantern Publishing, (2014): 51-67.
  • “One Struggle” Defining Critical Animal Studies (Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education) Peter Lang Publishing (co-authored with Stephanie Jenkins), (2014): 74-85.
  • “Crocodile Tears: Compassionate Carnivores and the Marketing of ‘Happy Meat’” Critical Animal Studies, Canadian Scholars Press, (2014): 216-233. Invited.
  • “Why ‘Loving’ Animals is Not Enough: A Response to Kathy Rudy, Locavorism, and the Marketing of “Humane” Meat” The Journal of American Culture Vol 36 (2013): 100–110.
  • “Man’s’ Best Friend: Why Human Rights Need Animal Rights,” The Journal of Critical Animal Studies Special Issue: Animals and Prisons, (2012): 66-97.
  • “Post-Animal Studies: The Future(s) of Critical Animal Studies” (co-written with Richard Twine). Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Volume 10, Issue 4, (2012): 4-19.
  • What Is ‘Critical’ About Animal Studies? From the Animal ‘Question’ To the Animal ‘Condition,’” in Women, Destruction, and the Avant-Garde, Rodopi Press (co-written with Helena Pedersen) (2012): 1-15.
  • Green Eggs and Ham: Michael Pollan, Locavores, and the Myth of Environmentally Sustainable Meat,” Critical Theory and Animal Liberation, Rowman & Littlefield (2011): 8-38 (Reprint).
  • “Green” Eggs and Ham? The Myth of Sustainable Meat and the Danger of the Local,” The Journal for Critical Animal Studies, VIII. 1/2. (2010): 8-32.

Contact Dr. Vasile Stanescu

Office: Langdale Hall 218