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Dave Aftandilian

Associate Professor of Anthropology | Texas Christian University

Dave Aftandilian is associate professor of anthropology and director of the Human-Animal Relationships (HARE) minor at Texas Christian University. He also chairs the Tarrant County Food Policy Council’s Working Group on Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture. He is the editor of What Are the Animals to Us? Approaches from Science, Religion, Folklore, Literature, and Art (Tennessee, 2007) and coeditor of both City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness (with Gavin Van Horn; University of Chicago Press, 2015) and Grounding Education in the Environmental Humanities: Exploring Place-Based Pedagogies in the South (with Lucas Johnston; Routledge, 2019). His research and teaching focus on animals, religion, and culture; food justice; Native American religions and ecology; and nature-based contemplative practices and pedagogies.