Marie Carmen Shingne


Marie Carmen Shingne


Marie Carmen (MC) is a PhD student in the Michigan State Sociology Department, with specializations in Animal Studies and Global Urban Studies. She earned an MSc in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University in 2014 and a BA in Psychology and German (Zoology minor) from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2012. Her research is focused on cross-cultural perspectives of roaming dogs, with a secondary and more general interest in fostering communication between academia, animal welfare groups, and the general public to further animal welfare initiatives. These interests have been fostered through a decade of working in the animal sheltering and dog training worlds—during and after college—as an intern, volunteer, and full-time employee.

For her dissertation work, MC is focused on the social, spatial, and power relationships between street dogs and human residents of urban spaces. Broadly, she asks the questions (1) how do different groups share space, (2) how is that space negotiated, and (3) how do these negotiations affect how the different groups are framed? MC will take these questions to the Indian city of Mumbai, with a special focus on the human and street dog residents of the M East Ward and Dharavi slums. How do these two groups negotiate and share space within the neighborhood and what other groups play a role in these negotiations: residents of neighboring areas, governmental officials, corporate representatives? What do these negotiations mean for these groups’ social standings and how they are framed both by themselves and the other groups involved?

Research Areas: Animal Studies, Global Urban Studies, Multispecies Ethnography, Urban Informality
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