Maura is a doctoral student in the Gender and Women’s Studies program. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English Literature, they worked as a Veterinary Technician with a special interest in canine dentistry. Their research interests are at the intersection of critical animal theory and gender studies, primarily investigating how understanding our relationships with animal others can be a means of articulating and empowering queer identities and culture. Outside of their studies, Maura enjoys dog training and sports, especially schutzhund and agility work.