My research is conducted within the context of a theory I developed on the evolution of human and ecological dignity called transcendent pluralism. The theory has been used to study intergroup relations within a variety of contexts of peaceful social transformation. I am now expanding the theory's concept of ecological pluralism and have returned to a lifelong love of animals to focus on human-animal interaction and health. I am a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and am interested in the transformative capacity of human-animal relations, particularly between humans and wildlife. I recently conducted a study examining human-animal relations in the context of wildlife rehabilitation in New England. Currently I am working on a new study examing the influence of animal-assisted interventions with wildlife for veterans with PTSD.
Lonergan Fellowship (philosophy); Lonergan Institute, Boston College; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA