Professor Erica Fudge


Personal statement

My research is in the fields of Animal Studies and Renaissance Studies. In my work on the early modern period I have written on issues as varied as meat eating, dreams, children, laughter, reason, bladder-control and animal faces. And in work on contemporary culture I have looked at a range of areas where humans interact with animals, including pet ownership, experimentation, the wearing of fur, anthropomorphic children's literature and vegetarianism. I am also interested in the historiographical impact of animal studies.

My work is interdisciplinary: I use literary as well as archival materials in research. And I have worked collaboratively with scholars from different disciplines throughout my career. In 2006, I was a member of the Animal Studies Group whose collective work Killing Animals was published by the University of Illinois Press. In 2011 I co-edited a living book, Veterinary Science: Humans, Animals and Health, for the JISC-funded project Living Books About Life with the environmental ethicist Clare Palmer (Texas A&M University). This is available to download for free on And in 2012 I received a small grant from the Wellcome Trust to undertake a project with the zooarchaeologist Richard Thomas (Leicester University) on animal healthcare in the early modern period.  The outcome of this project was published as a feature article in History Today in December 2012. 

I am the director of the British Animal Studies Network (BASN) which holds two meetings a year, one always at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The network brings together those with an interest in human-animal relations from a range of backgrounds from both within and beyond academia and first ran in London from March 2007 to February 2009, funded by the AHRC and Middlesex University. It is now funded by the University of Strathclyde. Details of the network can be found at

I am on the editorial board of a number of journals: Society & Animals; Worldviews: Environment, Culture, ReligionHumanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies (open access on and The Animal Studies Journal (open access on In recent years I have reviewed books for Society and Animals, History Today, Renaissance Quarterly, and The American Historical Review.


A history of the flesh avoiders
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History Today, (2016)
Animals and early modern identity
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Animal Studies Journal Vol 3, (2014)
Looking for livestock in wills, 1620-1635
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Essex Journal Vol 48, (2013)
Animal encounters
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History Today Vol 63, pp. 60-61, (2013)
Milking other men's beasts
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History and Theory Vol n/a, pp. n/a, (2013)
The animal face of early modern England
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Theory, Culture and Society Vol n/a, pp. n/a, (2013)

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I teach on the 2nd year core course 'Renaissance Literature'; the third year options 'Sin in Renaissance Drama' and 'Order and Nature in Renaissance Writing'; and the fourth year option 'Animals and the Writing of Modern Fiction'.

have supervised and am supervising PhD students working in early modern and contemporary periods and would be particularly interested in working with graduates interested in PhD, MPhil or MRes in animal studies and / or Renaissance literary and cultural studies. I am also currently co-supervising one postgraduate in History and one in Social Policy, and I would be interested in continuing to supervise interdisciplinary work.

Professional activities

Society for Renaissance Studies Conference 2016
Policies and practices in the history of farm animal research, 1900–present
British Animal Studies Network: Smelling
Being Interdisciplinary in Animal Studies: A PGR Symposium
Pre-recording an interview with BBC Radio 4 for second series of Natural Histories
Animal Lives: London Renaissance Seminar
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AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland
Edwards, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Fudge, Erica (Principal Investigator) Logan, Louise (Post Grad Student)
PhD studentship - 3 years - 2015-18
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2018
The Farmyard Worlds of Early Modern England: Animal Studies, History, Theory and Interdisciplinarity
Fudge, Erica (Fellow)
Period 01-Sep-2015 - 31-Dec-2016
Willing Livestock: links between humans, animals and wellbeing as traced in wills in early seventeenth-century London and Essex
Fudge, Erica (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2013 - 31-Oct-2013
Texts and Bones: Zooarchaeological and Written Evidence of Animal Healthcare in Early Modern England
Fudge, Erica (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2012 - 31-Aug-2012
British Animal Studies Network
Fudge, Erica (Principal Investigator)
The British Animal Studies Network is a meeting point for people - within and outside of academia - who are working in the field of animal studies. It emerged out of a recognition that a growing number of scholars were working on issues concerning human-animal relations from a number of different humanities and social sciences disciplines and from a number of different institutions within the UK and beyond, and that a place to meet that crossed disciplinary boundaries would develop ideas in the field.
Period 25-May-2012

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