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Coordinator, Animal Ethics and Sustainability Leadership

Kendra Coulter, PhD
519-438-7224  ext. 197
Ethical, equitable, and sustainable organizations respect other species -- and our own. My work helps cultivate the nuanced insights, new ideas, and committed leadership we need to create truly humane workplaces and societies.

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  • Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
  • Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists
  • Member of the Canadian Violence Link Coalition’s Strategic Planning Committee
  • Member of the City of London’s Animal Welfare Advisory Committee
  • Member of the National Link Coalition Professional Advisory Committee (US)

Office: A110

PhD, University of Toronto

BA, The University of Western Ontario (Huron University College)

Dr. Coulter is a leading expert on animals and work, animal protection organizations and policy, and gender equity. She has led multiple SSHRC-funded research projects that have propelled our understanding of human-animal work and animals’ own forms of labour in important new directions including through development of the concepts of humane jobs, interspecies solidarity, and ecosocial reproduction.

Dr. Coulter is an award-winning author of influential scholarly and trade books, and her fiction debut, The Tortoise’s Tale, has been purchased by Simon & Schuster for publication in 2025. With Dr. Jennifer Epp, Dr. Coulter was awarded the John and Gail MacNaughton Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2023.

Her latest book, Defending Animals: Finding Hope on the Front Lines of Animal Protection, was acquired by The MIT Press after a multi-publisher auction. Dr. Jane Goodall calls it “a powerful call to action.” Dr. Coulter is the author of dozens of scholarly articles, book chapters, and public reports, as well as the path-making Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity (Palgrave Macmillan). She is the co-editor of Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice? (Oxford University Press).

Dr. Coulter is a frequent print, radio, and television commentator locally, nationally, and around the world. She has published more than seventy columns including for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Salon, Ottawa Citizen, Winnipeg Free Press, Edmonton Journal, The Conversation, iPolitics, and National Observer, and been translated into French, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, German, and Bahasa Indonesia. In fall 2022, she delivered keynote addresses at the Equine Ethics: Taking Stock from Theory to Practice conference at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and the Responsible Organising conference of the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland.

A scholar committed to shaping the real world of work and policy and to empowering future generations of diverse leaders with heart, this year Dr. Coulter is teaching the unique new course, MOS 2185A Animal Welfare and Sustainability Leadership, along with the new GLE 3011G Animals in Law and Policy, MOS 2182F Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Organizations, and MOS 4481G Organizational Studies in Women’s Leadership. She helps motivated students develop their analytical, investigative, and communication skills and launch influential careers through research assistantships and other opportunities for growth and impact.

Dr. Coulter is a proud alumna of Huron University College and was recognized by Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School among its inaugural Alumni of Distinction.


Animal protection organizations and work:

Defending Animals: Finding Hope on the Front Lines of Animal Protection (MIT Press, 2023).

“Animal Protection Organizations and Public Policy: The Case of the Netherlands.” Politics and Animals (2022).

“The Organization of Animal Protection Investigations and the Animal Harm Spectrum: Canadian Data, International Lessons.” Social Sciences (2022).

“Animal Protection: Organizational Constraints and Collaborative Opportunities.” Journal of Community Safety and Wellbeing (2022). Co-written with Bridget Nicholls and Amy Fitzgerald.

“Public Investment in Animal Protection: Data from Manitoba, Canada.” Animals (2020). Co-written with Brittany Campbell.

“The Compounding Feminization of Animal Cruelty Investigation Work and Its Multispecies Implications.” Gender, Work, and Organization (PDF) (2019). Co-written with Amy Fitzgerald.

Humane jobs, work with animals, and animals’ labour:

Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice? (Oxford University Press, 2020). Co-edited with Charlotte Blattner and Will Kymlicka.

“Solidarity with Animals at Work.” In Solidarity with Animals, edited by Alasdair Cochrane and Mara-Daria Cojocaru (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2024.)

“Beyond Interesting to Influential: Looking Forward with Multispecies Organization Studies.” Oxford Handbook of Animal Organization Studies, edited by Lindsay Hamilton and Linda Tallberg (Oxford University Press, 2023).

“(Not) Serving Animals and Aiming Higher: Cultivating Ethical and Sustainable Food Businesses and Humane Jobs.” Co-written with Josh Milburn in Animals and Business Ethics, edited by Natalie Evans (Springer, 2022).

“Towards Humane Jobs: Recognizing Gendered and Multispecies Intersections and Possibilities.” In Gender and Climate Change in Rich Countries: Work, Public Policy, and Action, edited by Marjorie Griffin Cohen (Routledge, 2017).

“Humane Jobs: A Political Economic Vision for Interspecies Solidarity and Human–Animal Wellbeing.” Politics and Animals (2016)

“Beyond Human to Humane: A Multispecies Analysis of Care Work, Its Repression, and Its Potential.” Studies in Social Justice (2016)

Horses and horse-human work and wellbeing:

“Love, Loss, and the Future of Horse-Human Relations.” In Dreaming of Pegagus: Equine Imaginings (In Memory of Karen Dalke), edited by Lynda Birke and Harry Wells (Victorina Press, 2021).

“Horses’ Labour and Work-lives: New Intellectual and Ethical Directions.” In Equine Cultures in Transition: Ethical Questions, edited by Jonna Bornemark, Petra Andersson, and Ulla Ekström von Essen (Routledge, 2019).

“Challenging Subjects: Towards Ethnographic Analyses of Animals.” Journal for the Anthropology of North America (2018).

“Herds and Hierarchies: Class, Nature, and the Social Construction of Horses in Equestrian Culture.”  Society and Animals (2016).

“Horse Power: Gender, Work, and Wealth in Canadian Show Jumping.” In Gender and Equestrian Sports, edited by Miriam Adelman and Jorge Knijnik (Springer, 2013).


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