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Irus Braverman

Professor; William J. Magavern Faculty Scholar

Research Focus: Animal Studies, Law and Geography, Law and Society, Legal Ethnography, Science and Technology Studies

Links: Curriculum VitaeSSRN, Personal Website, New Book

Contact Information

625 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
Phone: 716-645-3030

Faculty Assistant: Anita M. Gesel

Biography Publications

Recent Books

Blue Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea (Irus Braverman and Elizabeth R. Johnson, editors) (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2019)

Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the Brink (The University of California Press, 2018)

Gene Editing, Law, and the Environment: Life Beyond the Human (Irus Braverman, editor) (Routledge, 2017)

Animals, Biopolitics, Law: Lively Legalities (Irus Braverman, editor) (Routledge, 2016)

Wild Life: The Institution of Nature (Stanford University Press, 2015)

Recent Journal Articles

Fleshy Encounters: Meddling with Zoo and Aquarium Veterinarians. Humanimalia (under review 2019)

Fish Encounters: Aquariums and their Veterinarians in a Rapidly Changing World. Humanimalia (under review 2019)

Silent Springs: The Nature of Water and Israel’s Military Occupation. Nature and Space: Environment and Planning E (under review) (2019)

Shifting Baselines in Coral Conservation. Environment and Planning E (special issue, under review 2019)

Corals in the City: Cultivating Ocean Life in the Anthropocene City. Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences (Special Issue: Urban Animals: Cartographies of Radical Encounters) (forthcoming 2019)  

Living on Coral Time: Debating Conservation in the Anthropocene. Environment & Society Portal, Arcadia (Spring 2019), no. 1. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (2019)

Law’s Underdog: A New Call for Nonhuman Legalities, Annual Review of Law And Social Science (2018)

Nature as Spectacle.,Topos: The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design vol. 101: 80-85 (2018)

Renouncing Citizenship as Protest: Reflections by a Jewish Israeli Ethnographer, Critical Inquiry 44(2): 379-386 (2018)

Saving Species, One Individual at a Time: Zoo Veterinarians between Welfare and Conservation, Humanimalia vol. 9(2): 1-27 (Spring 2018)

Renouncing Israeli Citizenship as Protest: Reflections by a Jewish Israeli Ethnographer, Critical Inquiry vol. 44(2): 379-386 (2018)

Bleached!: Managing Coral Catastrophe, Futures vol. 92: 12-28 (2017)

Captive: Zoometric Operations in Gaza, Public Culture vol. 29(1): 191-215. (2017)

Anticipating Endangerment: The Biopolitics of Threatened Species Lists, BioSocieties (2016)

Biopolarity: Coral Scientists between Hope and Despair, Anthropology Now vol. 8(3): 26-40 (2016)

The Pet Keeping Industry in the American City, Squaderno 42: 51-55 (2016)

Rights of Passage: On Doors, Technology, and the Fourth Amendment, Journal of Law, Culture, and the Humanities vol. 12(3): 669-692 (2016)

Conservation and Hunting: Till Death Do They Part? A Legal Ethnography of Deer Management, Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law vol. 30(2): 1-57 (2015)

Hyperlegality and Heightened Surveillance: The Case of Threatened Species Lists, Surveillance & Society vol. 13(2): 310-313 (2015)

Recent Chapters

“Foreword.” In Teresa Lloro-Bidart, Animal Edutainment in a Neoliberal Era: The Politics of Teaching and Learning Zoos and Aquariums (Peter Lang) (2019)

“Blue Legalities: Untangling Ocean Laws in the Anthropocene.” Introduction to Blue Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea (coauthored with Elizabeth R. Johnson) (2019)

“Law and Life in the Deep Sea.” In Jennifer Carter and Robyn Bartel (eds.), Handbook of Space, Place and Law (Edward Elgar) (2019)

“Coral Restoration and Citizen Scientists in the Anthropocene.” In Jenny E. Goldstein & Eric Nost (eds.), The Nature of Data: Infrastructures, Environments, Politics (Nebraska University Press, 2019)

Robotic Life in the Deep Sea: Deploying Killer (and Other) Robots to Make Live in Ocean Legalities  (Irus Braverman and Elizabeth R. Johnson, editors) (Duke University Press, 2019)

Military-to-Wildlife Geographies: Bureaucracies of Cleanup and Conservation in Vieques in Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories (Anssi Paasi, John Harrison, and Martin Jones, editors) (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2018)

Gene Drives, Nature, and Governance: An Ethnographic Perspective in Gene Editing, Law, and the Environment: Life Beyond the Human (Irus Braverman, editor) (Routledge, 2018) (55-73)

The Life and Law of Corals: Breathing Meditations in Research Methods in Environmental Law: A Handbook (Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos and Victoria Brooks, editors) (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017) (458-481)

The Regulatory Life of Threatened Species Lists in Lively Legalities: Animals, Biopolitics, Law (Irus Braverman, editor) (Routledge, 2016) (19-38)

En-Listing Life: Red is the Color of Threatened Species Lists in Critical Animal Geographies (Rosemarie Collard and Kathryn Gillespie, editors) (Routledge/Earthscan, 2015) (184-202)

Is the Puerto Rican Parrot Worth Saving? The Biopolitics of Endangerment and Grievability in Economics of Death (Kathryn Gillespie and Patricia Lopez, editors) (Routledge/Earthscan, 2015) (73-94)

More-than-Human Legalities in The Wiley Handbook of Law and Society (Patrick Ewick and Austin Sarat, editors) (Wiley Press, 2015) (307-321)