Jennifer Telesca

Visiting Scholar

Jennifer E. Telesca is Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to ocean studies, spanning the interests of the human-animal relationship, political ecology and environmental diplomacy. Her book manuscript, tentatively titled, “Gone to Reward: In Homage to Giant Atlantic Bluefin Tuna by Regulatory Indictment” is one of the first to offer a worm’s eye view of global governance. It is based on ethnographic research conducted since 2010 while she served as an accredited observer of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Her findings show that a supranational regime regulates marine conservation to the tenor of trade, told through the measured slaughter of Atlantic bluefin tuna, once giant. She has published work in the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology and in the edited volume, Humans and Animals: A Geography of Coexistence. She has also contributed to the journal, Humanity on the subject of “visual citizenship.”

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