Andrea Petitt is a researcher at the Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS) and also teaches multispecies relations, sensory anthropology and artistic methods at Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle (LASC) at Université de Liège, Belgium. After completing her PhD in Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in 2016 she worked as a researcher at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, for six years. Andrea is an editor for the Creative Section of the Journal of Organizational Ethnography and recently founded the MEAM network for Multispecies Ethnography and Artistic Methods (MEAM), as well as the Bovine Scholarship Network.
Andrea’s main research interests focus on gender and intersectionality of multispecies relations in agriculture and she enjoys multispecies ethnographic methodologies and artistic methods for data collection, analysis and dissemination. In particular, she has worked with questions around cowboy masculinities in horseback cattle ranching in the Canadian West, women’s cattle ownership in the Kalahari of Botswana and the breeding of traditional Swedish Mountain Cattle. Currently, she is wrapping up an international post-doc project financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR) on gendered human-horse-cattle relations on working cattle ranches, as well as in sport and tourism drawing on the American West, in Colorado and in Sweden.