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Professor in Sociology, University of Canterbury

(Dr.) Nik Taylor is an internationally recognized critical and public sociologist who has published numerous articles, books and book chapters. Her research focusses on mechanisms of power and marginalisation expressed in/through human relations with other species and is informed by critical/ intersectional feminism. Nik is Co-Director of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies and currently teaches topics in the Human Services program at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, that focus on human-animal violence links; scholar-advocacy; social change, and crime and deviance, particularly domestic violence and animal abuse. Nik’s latest books include Ethnography after Humanism Power, Politics and Method in Multi-Species Research (Palgrave, 2017, with Lindsay Hamilton) and Neoliberalization, Universities and the Public Intellectual: Species, Gender and Class and the Production of Knowledge (Palgrave, 2017, with Heather Fraser), and Companion Animals and Domestic Violence: Rescuing Me, Rescuing You (Palgrave, 2019, with Heather Fraser).


  • 2018–present
    Associate Professor, University of Canterbury
  • 2008–2018
    Associate professor, Flinders University


  • 2000 
    Machester Metropolitan University, PhD