Luther, Erin

  • B.A. Psychology, Bridgewater College, Virginia (1997)
  • MES faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (2007)


The Pedagogy of Animal Advocacy

Year Entered: 2010

Dissertation Title

Saving Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Narratives of Intervention in an Urban Institutional Assemblage

Advisory Comittee

  • Deborah Barndt
  • John Sorenson
  • Leesa Fawcett


Urban Wildlife Organizations and the Institutional Entanglements of Conservation’s Urban Turn.” Society & Animals, 2018 (forthcoming).

"'Nuisance' Species." Humans and Animals: A Geography of Coexistence. Ed. Connie Johnston and Julie Urbanik. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Publishing, 2016.

"Tales of Cruelty and Belonging: In Search of an Ethic for Urban Human-Wildlife Relations." Animal Studies Journal, 2.1, 2013.

Answering the Call of the Wild: A Hotline Operator’s Guide to Helping People and Wildlife. Toronto: Toronto Wildlife Centre, 2010.

“Wild Relics in an Urban Landscape: A Look at Raccoon Representations in Newspaper Media.” Undercurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies, Vol 16, 2007.


Poster Presentations

Development of a Wildlife Hotline Resource Manual: Toward a Model of Community Education. Urban Wildlife: Challenges and Management Conference, Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology, 2012.

Paper Presentations

Valuing Urban Wildlife. Minding Animals Conference, 2018.

Urban Wildlife Organizations and the Affective Politics of Scale. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, 2017.

The Politics of Species Resilience in the Anthropocene. Resilience in a Multispecies World, 2017.

The Unintended Consequences of Designing for Wildlife. Reinventing the Urban: A Workshop on Habitecture for Wildlife, 2016.

The Limits of Compassion in Environmental Communication. Environmental Studies Association of Canada (SSHRC Congress), 2013.

Tales of Cruelty and Belonging: In Search of an Ethic for Urban Human-wildlife Relations.  Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, 2012. 

Reimagining the Urban Wild.  Workshop, York Summer Institute on Art, Equity, and Environmental Education, 2011.

Strategies for Community Wildlife Education.  Association of Animal Shelter Administrators of Ontario Annual Meeting, 2011.

Wildlife Education on the Front Lines.  National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Conference, 2010.


  • John A. Livingston Ecological Conscience and Nature Advocacy Award, 2016
  • Culture and Animals Foundation Grant, 2016 and 2017
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award, 2012-2014
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2012 (declined)
  • Toronto’s Vital People Award (through Toronto Community Foundation), 2012
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2011
  • Silverhill Institute Environmental Grant, 2006
  • York University Entrance Scholarship, 2005