Kris Hill



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Sociology and Philosophy
Department: SPA
Research Centre/Unit: Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE)

I am a PGR team member of the Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group. My doctoral project focuses on cat-human relations and discourses surrounding free-roaming and free-living cats (Felis catus). Read more here. In 2018 I completed an MA in Anthrozoology with Exeter University via distance learning. It would have been impossible for me to relocate to Exeter, but this format enabled me to study a new field while continuing full-time employment. I loved the course and I am now working on my PhD while building the foundations of a new career – either as an academic, educator or within a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of both human and non-human animals.

I am passionate about the issue of companion animals and rental accommodation (including nursing homes and temporary shelters) and homelessness. 'Pets In Housing' is a key focus of SCAS, a non-profit organisation dedicated to advocacy and research related to the companion animal-human bond, for which I serve as a volunteer communications officer. 

Peer-reviewed publications:

K. Hill (2022). Feral and out of control: a moral panic over free-roaming cats? in Anthrozoology Studies: Animal Life and Human Culture, edited by I. Frasin, G. Bodi, S. Bulei, C. D. Vasiliu. Romania: Presa Universitară Clujeană. pp. 123-157. 

T. Howell, L. Nieforth, C. Thomas-Pino, L. Samet, S. Agbonika, F. Cuervas-Pavincich, N. Ekholm Fry, K. Hill, et al. (77 authors) (2022). Defining terms used for animals working in support roles for vulnerable people. Animals, 12(15), 1975. DOI: 10.3390/ani12151975

K. Hill, M. Szydlowski, S. Oxley Heaney, D. Busby (2022). Uncivilized behaviors: how humans wield “feral” to assert power (and control) over other species. Society & Animals, Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1163/15685306-bja10088 

T. Warda, T. Aiello, K. Hill (2022). Nonhuman Animals as Symbols in the #BlackLivesMatter Protests of 2020. Society & Animals, Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1163/15685306-bja10116

M. Szydlowski, K. Hill, S. Oxley Heaney, J. Hooper. (2022). Domestication and domination: human language as a tool for controlling animal bodies. TRACE Journal for Human-Animal Studies, 8, 32-55. DOI:10.23984/fjhas.110388 

S. Oxley Heaney, K. Hill, M. Szydlowski, J. Hooper, T. Aiello. (2022). Members Only? A posthuman view of otherthanhuman-animal immigrants across human-defined borders. TRACE ∴ Journal for Human-Animal Studies, 8, 56-81. DOI:10.23984/fjhas.110811

J. Hooper, T. Aiello, K. Hill (2022). Portrayals of Animals in Covid-19 News Media. Anthrozoös, 35(2), 237-257. DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2021.1974703

K. Hill (2021). Animal-themed tattoo narratives: Insights into ontological perspectives. Anthrozoös. 34(4), 579-596. DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2021.1914441

K. Hill (2021). Happy Hens or Healthy Eggs – A Summative Content Analysis Of How Hens Are Represented In Supermarket Egg Boxes Narratives. TRACE ∴ Journal for Human-Animal Studies7(1), 70-94. DOI: 10.23984/fjhas.98684

K. Hill (2021). Liminal animals in liminal spaces: A day at Berlin Zoo. Animalia, 5(1), 24-31 Online.

K. Hill (2020). Tattoo narratives: Insights into multispecies kinship and griefwork. Anthrozoös, 33(6), 709-726. DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2020.1824652

Guest Blogs & Essays:

K. Hill (2022, 30 June). Respecting the privacy of my feline research participants. The Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) Blog.

K. Hill (2020, 10 October). Furever Tattoos: An Expression of the Lasting Bonds We Form With Companion Animals. International Society of Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Student Blog.