Prof 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. In addition, I have also done work on contemporary culture, and  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 and have had recent work on this in History and Theory, and in The Oxford Handbook on Animal Studies.

My work is interdisciplinary: I use literary as well as archival materials in research and am currently completing a book MS, with the working title ‘Quick Cattle and Dying Wishes: People and their Animals in Early Modern England’ which uses wills to trace people’s relationships with their livestock animals. I was awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship in 2015 to complete this book which will be published by Cornell University Press. In recent years I have also held a Lynnette S. Autrey fellowship at Rice University (2014) and a Macgeorge Fellowship at the University of Melbourne (2015).

Throughout my career I have worked collaboratively with scholars from different disciplines. 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; Humanimalia: 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, and have contributed to recent BBC Radio 4 programmes Natural Histories and Natural History Heroes. A forthcoming article on the history of vegetarianism is coming out in History Today in early 2017.


What was it like to be a cow? History and animal studies
Fudge Erica
The Oxford Handbook of Animal StudiesThe Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies, (2017)
You are what you eat
Fudge Erica
History Today Vol 67, (2017)
Farmyard choreographies in early modern England
Fudge Erica
Renaissance PosthumanismRenaissance Posthumanism, (2016)
Animals and early modern identity
Fudge Erica
Animal Studies Journal Vol 3, (2014)
Looking for livestock in wills, 1620-1635
Fudge Erica
Essex Journal Vol 48, (2013)
Animal encounters
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History Today Vol 63, pp. 60-61, (2013)

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I teach on the second year interdisciplinary option class 'The Making of the Modern Human'. In the third year I teach on the options 'Sex, Revenge and Corruption in Renaissance Drama' and 'Shakespeare'; and the fourth year option 'Wild in the Renaissance'.

have supervised and am supervising PhD students working in early modern and 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 would also be interested, also, in supervising interdisciplinary PhDs.

Professional activities

External Examiner of PhD
External Examiner
Renaissance Quarterly (Journal)
Peer reviewer
British Animal Studies Network: Hearing
Lecture at Leeds Animal Studies Network Seminar
Sheep Pig Goat
Framing Interdisciplinarity
Invited speaker

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Poetry Reading by Susan Richardson
Fudge, Erica (Principal Investigator)
Poetry Reading by Susan Richardson funded by the University Public Engagement Fund (£300)
Period 19-May-2017 - 19-May-2017
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
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
New Professor Start Up Funding
Fudge, Erica (Principal Investigator)
two aspects: 1. personal archival research; 2. Re-establishment of the British Animal Studies Network at Strathclyde
Period 01-Feb-2011

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