Rita is a PhD student in sociocultural anthropology. Her most recent work focused on how accredited US zoos aim to support wildlife conservation and create a conservation-minded community by curating immersive multispecies experiences. Rita had examined how zoos may practice conservation through the frameworks of biopolitics and managed care, spectacle and nonhuman animal display, affect generation, and mainstream neoliberal conservation paradigms.
Prior to beginning graduate study, Rita taught English in Henan Province, China, from 2016-2018.
Human-animal relations; wildlife conservation and management; multispecies ethnography; political ecology; biopolitics; spectacle; affect; zoos.
M.A., Applied Anthropology, Mississippi State University, 2021
B.A., Anthropology, Modern Languages and Literatures, Beloit College, 2016