Stephen Vrla

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Stephen Vrla

Biography:

Stephen is a Dual PhD student in Sociology and Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education, with Specializations in Animal Studies and Environmental Science & Policy. His research focuses on how education systems reproduce their societies’ beliefs and practices, but also how educators can transform their societies’ beliefs and practices through critical pedagogy. More specifically, it focuses on how American educators can transform their society’s anthropocentric, dominionist beliefs and practices toward animals and nature through multispecies democratic education. In addition to his teaching and research, Stephen leads the MSU Chapter of the Student Animals & Society Institute and works as an environmental educator at Fenner Nature Center. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and spending time with his dog, Hermes.

Research Areas: Environmental sociology, animal studies, humane education, ecopedagogy
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