Austin Daniel Hoffman

 Austin Hoffman

Contact Information

109 Davenport Hall
607 S Mathews
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
Sociocultural Anthropology
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Austin is a PhD student in sociocultural anthropology. His research has focused on political subjectivity, social movements, and the semiotics of protest. Recently he has become interested in the political ecology of human-animal relations, and conceptualizing non-human animals as refugees in the anthropocene. 

Prior to graduate study, Austin had been an activist and organizer in the Fight for $15 movement, Food Not Bombs, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and other grassroots causes. From 2016-2018 he was the Education Coordinator at Mission:Wolf, an educational wildlife sanctuary for rescued wolves and wolf-dogs in southern Colorado. 

Research Interests

  • Race; identity and constructions of whiteness; social movements; labor rights; embodiment; subjectivity and phenomenology; multispecies ethnography; human/animal relations.


  • B.A., Sociology & Philosophy, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2015

Distinctions / Awards

  • summa cum laude, UMKC, 2015; Honors Scholar, UMKC, 2015; Selene Scholarship in Philosophy, UMKC, 2014;