Associate Professor Annie Potts
School of Humanities

Research interests

  • SallyHuman-animal interactions in everyday life and popular culture
  • Animals and natural disasters (including the Christchurch earthquakes)
  • Constructions of chickens and other birds in fiction, film and art
  • The link between social violence and animal abuse
  • Ethical consumption and subcultural identity
  • Constructions of ‘pests' in Aotearoa.

Annie is Co-Principal Investigator of the Marsden project "Kararehe: Animals in Art, Literature and Everyday Culture in Aotearoa New Zealand", and co-author (with Philip Armstrong and Deidre Brown) of A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in Art, Literature and Everyday Life (Auckland University Press, 2013). Her contribution to this book includes a detailed history of companion animals in New Zealand (including traditional pets of Maori); a critical analysis of anti-possum rhetoric in New Zealand; and an exploration of vegetarian sub-cultural identity in this country.

Annie has completed a book for the Reaktion Animal Series called Chicken, an illustrated natural and cultural history of Gallus gallus domesticus (published December 2011). On November 5 2011, Annie was interviewed about this book (and her knowledge of chickenkind) by Kim Hill on National Radio's Saturday Morning programme.

Her current project is called “Animal Earthquake Stories” and involves an illustrated account of what happened to Christchurch’s animal citizens post-quakes (to be published by Canterbury University Press, 2013/14).

Annie’s professional memberships/administrative roles include

  • Member, National Animal Welfare in Emergencies Management Advisory Group (NAWEM);
  • Member, First Strike New Zealand (a group researching and combating the link between social violence and animal abuse [PDF]
  • Member, New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC)
  • Faculty Member, The Kerulos Center, USA
  • Associate, Australian Animal Studies Group (AASG)
  • Associate, HARN (Human-Animal Research Network, Sydney University)
  • New Zealand representative, Minding Animals International (MAI) Academic Advisory Committee
  • Member, Editorial Board: International Journal of Critical Animal Studies
  • Member, Editorial Board: Antennae: Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board: Humanimalia: Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board: AASJ (AustralAsian Animal Studies Journal)
(image: 'Offering 3', by Yvette Watt)

Research and Publications