Marie Carmen Shingne

Marie  Carmen Shingne
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • MSc, Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2014
  • BA, Psychology and German, Ohio Wesleyan University 2012


Marie Carmen Shingne


Marie Carmen is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Michigan State University, with specializations in Animal Studies and Global Urban Studies. Her background is in psychology and public policy, having 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. Marie Carmen has spent a decade working with animals as a volunteer, intern, and full-time employee in shelters and zoos across the country, including the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) and the Indianapolis Zoo. These experiences have fostered an interest in multispecies relationships, especially in the urban spaces of the world. Marie Carmen has built her research around this interest, focusing on power and access in the contemporary urban space and asking slum residents and street dogs in the Indian city of Pune to be her guides to the city. Using multispecies ethnography, her research asks: how is the urban space currently shared and negotiated by different urban residents, how do we move towards a more equitable, multi-species understanding of urban space, and in the process build a more equitable, accessible city? 


  • Animal Studies
  • Global Urban Studies