About Us

Animalia is a peer-reviewed, digital journal for Anthrozoology/Human-Animal Studies scholars. This project was created and is maintained by a handful of students and alumni of the Anthrozoology Master of Science program at Canisius College.


The aim of Animalia is to bring together scholars from all disciplines in the vast world of Anthrozoology/Human-Animal Studies, and provide a forum for critical thought, shared ideas, and enlightening discussions as this burgeoning field continues to develop.


Aubrey Milatz, Editor

Aubrey graduated with her Master of Science in Anthrozoology from Canisius College in May 2019. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Idaho. In August 2020, she began pursuing a PhD in Prevention Science at Washington State University where she is contributing to research concerning animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) and their effects on stress, anxiety, and depression in college students.

Aubrey is based out of Spokane, Washington, and lives with her two cats, Starling and Simon.


Erica Levesque, Editor

Erica graduated with her Master of Science in Anthrozoology from Canisius College in May 2021. A  longtime vegan and animal-rights activist, Erica hopes to further her education after Canisius through a continued focus on vegan studies and critical animal studies. Her long-term goal is to write a book pertaining to these topics and to continue promoting a vegan, compassionate lifestyle.

Erica lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, Rick, sons Strummer and Gibson, and their 125-lb rescued Mastiff/ Rottweiler mix, Lemmy.


Dr. Joshua Russell, Faculty Advisor

Joshua is an associate professor in the Anthrozoology program at Canisius College. He holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto. Joshua’s research predominantly focuses on children’s lived experiences with animals and the more-than-human world. He is also interested in making critical, theoretical connections between queer theory, animal studies, and environmental education.


Joshua lives in southern Ontario with his partner Sean, and their rescue dog, Penny.

Peer Reviewers

Dominique P. Augustin

Zoo Miami Animal Welfare & Records Intern;

Canisius College

Anna Balser

Canisius College

Rebecca A. Carden, M.S.

University at Buffalo Animal Law Clinic Consultant; 

Licensed Class I NYS Wildlife Rehabilitator; 

Canisius College

Catherine Doyle, M.S.

Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Director of Science, Research, & Advocacy;

Canisius College

Jessica Dustin, M.S.

Canisius College

Kimberly Hightower, UW-AAB

Disability Advocate;

Montana Master Naturalist;

University of Denver Institute for Human-Animal Connection;

Canisius College

Mallorie Lynn

STERIS Laboratories Laboratory Technician II; 

Canisius College

Lori Mihalcik

Licensed Veterinary Technician;

Animal Advocates Volunteer;

Canisius College

Danielle M. Mitchell, M.S.

Canisius College

Jenny Stamm, CPDT-KA

CleverPet, Inc. Research Administrator;

Canisius College 

Emily Tronetti, M.S., CPDT-KA

Coexistence Consulting Founder;

Canisius College