Suzanne Barber’s (B.A. California State University East Bay, M.A. Western Kentucky University, Ph.D. Indiana University), research focuses on environmental anthropology, human-animal interactions, and social activism. Her dissertation, titled Persistence is Power: Modes of Action in the Chinese Animal Protection Movement, examines how and why the Chinese animal protection movement has been able to flourish while the Chinese government has increasingly censured other forms of social activism. Based on fieldwork carried out in Southern China, this work explores how animal protection advocates work to normalize the expectation that Chinese citizens should show empathy towards their fellow species and move beyond a more traditional ontology that supports a human/animal binary. She is currently working on a manuscript based upon this research.