The Brooks Animal Studies Academic Network (BASAN) is a network of premier academics and their institutions with the mission or purpose to advance scholarly knowledge and academic opportunities (including for students) in animal law, animal policy-making, and related animal studies.

The Brooks Institute is its sponsor and facilitator.

Our metaphor for BASAN is a constellation of stars. Each member is distinctive and pursues its own projects, yet the formal collaboration of the various programs allows for the creation of something unified. Through collaboration, BASAN will advance scholarship and academic programming in animal rights and welfare issues. The goal of BASAN is to facilitate interdisciplinary research and collaborations across universities.

BASAN Membership Responsibilities-Opportunities

The responsibilities and opportunities of BASAN members include:

  • Holding workshops or other scholarly events designed to help scholars improve works in progress. This may involve inviting one individual at a time to a workshop series at which the faculty and students at the host BASAN institution focus on the scholarly work in progress of the invited participant, or a larger event at which several papers are discussed on the same day. We anticipate that this will include workshops for monographs and works in progress for articles and essays. BASAN members are strongly encouraged to include individuals from other BASAN institutions in these events (not necessarily the faculty member, but also Fellows or graduate students—anyone who has a well-developed work in progress and is seeking feedback on it).
  • Sharing information about and promoting scholars from non-BASAN schools. For example, if one of the BASAN schools is aware that a faculty member or graduate student at a non-BASAN school is doing promising animal law and policy work, the BASAN members should share that information and encourage each other to include the individual in relevant scholarly events.
  • BASAN members should actively pursue opportunities to host other BASAN faculty within their school’s general colloquium series or in similar events, in an effort to bring these topics into the mainstream work of the institution as much as possible.
  • Aim to offer new and innovative courses and also share syllabi of existing and new courses with other BASAN members.
  • Engage with students and faculty in other disciplines at their universities who may be interested in animal law and policy projects.
  • Pursue collaborative research and publishing opportunities with other BASAN schools when practical.
  • Communicate with one another about dates when planning major events in order to avoid conflicting events.
  • In-person and virtual BASAN meetings as can be arranged.
  • Other communications as circumstances require.

BASAN Membership Criteria

Except in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Leadership Committee BASAN, members will possess the following qualifications:

  • A first-rate academic institution.
  • A tenured professor at the institution who has an active scholarly agenda and who focuses on animal law, policy, and related studies.
  • An active and effective animal law or animal studies program at the institution or an animal law or animal studies program in development that has significant potential. For the non-law school programs, the programs should be directly relevant to animal law and policy and the faculty member should be explicitly interested in animal law and policy. It is expected that the faculty member (and not a hired staff member) will be the primary contact with BASAN and that the faculty member will maintain an active scholarly agenda on topics relevant to animal law or animal studies.

Pamela Frasch

Associate Dean, Animal Law Program
Lewis & Clark Law School

Lori Gruen

William Griffin Professor of Philosophy
Wesleyan University

Dale Jamieson

Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy
New York University

Doug Kysar

Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law
Yale University

Justin Marceau

Professor of Law
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Kristen Stilt

Faculty Director of the Animal Law & Policy Program
Harvard Law School