Nick Pendergrast

Lecturer and Tutor in Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology, University of Melbourne

I currently teach Sociology at the University of Melbourne.

Previously, I taught Criminology at Deakin University and Sociology and Anthropology at Curtin University, lecturing on a wide range of topics including human/non-human relations and the animal advocacy movement, human rights, the environment, intersectionality and social movements, online activism, gender and sex work, international trade and globalisation, the anti-neoliberal globalisation movement and anarchism, refugees and migration, nationalism and ethnicity, terrorism and counter-terrorism, victims of crime, media and politics, and music and social change.

I completed my PhD in Sociology at Curtin University in 2014. My thesis applied sociological theories on social movements and organisations to the animal advocacy movement in Australia and the United States.

I am a part of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies Oceania (ICAS Oceania) collective: and a member of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA):


  • 2016–present
    Sociology Tutor, University of Melbourne
  • 2016–2016
    Criminology Lecturer and Tutor, Deakin University
  • 2008–2015
    Lecturer and Tutor in Sociology and Anthropology, Curtin University


  • 2014 
    Curtin University, Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Sociology
  • 2008 
    Curtin University, Bachelor of Social Science with Distinction and First Class Honours, Major: Sociology, Minor: Politics


  • 2016
    The Continuum Of Violence: Homophobia Didn’t Start With A Mass Shooting In Orlando, New Matilda:
  • 2015
    Live Animal Export, Humane Slaughter and Media Hegemony, Animal Studies Journal (vol. 4, no. 1):
  • 2015
    Malcolm Turnbull Benches Team Australia, But Will The Narrative On Terrorism Change?, New Matilda:
  • 2015
    'Environmental Concerns and the Mainstreaming of Veganism', in the book 'Impacts of Meat Consumption on Health and Environmental Sustainability', edited by Talia Raphaely and Dora Marinova, IGI Global:
  • 2015
    Don’t judge me: Chris Brown and the real task of tackling violence against women, The Conversation:
  • 2014
    A Sociological Examination of the Contemporary Animal Advocacy Movement: Organisations, Rationality and Veganism, PhD thesis, Curtin University
  • 2013
    Jay-Z and Beyoncé: Veganism is much more than a Cleanse, Online Opinion:
  • 2012
    Puppy Slaughter in Australia, What's all the Fuss?, Online Opinion:
  • 2011
    Melbourne Cup: The Race that gets us to Stop and Think about Animals?, Online Opinion:
  • 2011
    Floods and Asylum Seekers: Extending the Compassion, ABC's The Drum Opinion:
  • 2011
    Animal slaughter: Not Just Horrific in Indonesia, The Scavenger:
  • 2011
    2011: What a Year for Veganism!, One Green Planet:
  • 2011
    Veganism, Organisational Considerations and Animal Advocacy Campaigns, Voicing the Unseen:
  • 2010
    Animal Rights Enters the Mainstream, New Matilda:
  • 2009
    Australian Media Hegemony and the Internet, Sense of Community:
  • 2008
    Channel Seven, the Olympics and Censorship, Green Left Weekly:
  • 2008
    The Silence of the Lambs: Interview with an Australian Slaughterhouse Worker, Vegan Voice:

Research Areas

  • Sociology (1608)