Welcome, Dr. Brianne Donaldson!

Department: Religious Studies

Post Date: October 1, 2019

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Brianne Donaldson, Shri Parshvanath Presidential Chair in Jain Studies, Department of Philosophy and Program in Religious Studies

Dr. Brianne Donaldson joins us from Rice University, where she was the fellow in Jain Studies, offering courses in Asian philosophies and religions, bioethics, and accounts of consciousness across cultural and species boundaries. While there, she was also a faculty leader for the first-year medical ethics course at Baylor College of Medicine.

Donaldson is currently completing a co-authored book entitled Insistent Life: Principles for Bioethics in Jainism (2020), as well as another book examining global animal agriculture, entitled Meat, in the Resources series of Polity Press (2020). She is the author of Creaturely Cosmologies: Why Metaphysics Matters for Animal and Planetary Liberation (2015), and editor of three collections: Beyond the Bifurcation of Nature: A Common World for Animals and the Environment (2014); The Future of Meat Without Animals (with Christopher Carter, 2016); and Feeling Animal Death: Being Host to Ghosts (with Ashley King, 2019).

Donaldson earned her Ph.D. from the Claremont School of Theology and B.A. from Goshen College.

Fun Fact: Brianne developed a connection to forest life growing up in rural Michigan. She loves to walk in the woods with her beagle pals, play guitar, dance (swing, contra dancing, and Texas two-step), commuter cycle, and prepare plant-based foods.