Gizem Haspolat

Gizem Haspolat is a PhD candidate in the department of Anthropology at Rice University. She is interested in human–nonhuman animal relations, critical animal studies, and animal geographies. Her current research explores live animal trade and how it intensifies the translation between ‘animal’ and capital, through an investigation of Turkey’s live cattle imports. Prior to this, she earned a BA and a MA from the Sociology Department at Bogazici University. Her master’s thesis focused on the care for the nonhuman by bringing the histories of animals living on the streets of Istanbul, together with the ethics and labor performed by volunteers to keep them alive. She is a founding member of the Boğaziçi University Animal Rights Society. She has been a vegan for five years. She continually tries to think and work more on the interwoven nature of veganism and other social justice movements.