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About Claudia Hirtenfelder 

A podcaster and a student 

Claudia began the Animal Turn in February 2020 as a culmination of her interests in animals, ethics, and media. 


Claudia Hirtenfelder is currently a PhD Candidate in Geography and Planning at Queen's University where she is undertaking a project that is trying to understand how cows' relationships with cities (Kingston, Ontario in particular) change over time. She has broader interests in the intersection of geography, urban studies, animal studies, history and power relations. 

Claudia also has an MSc in the Social Studies of Gender from Lund University in Sweden as well as an MA in Tourism and Management, a BA(Hons) in Political Science and a BA in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg. 

In terms of the airwaves: Claudia was a host on the campus radio station, UJFM. She was also a news reporter intern for Classic FM and the founder and former host of Beyond Canada: International Thought and Scholarship.

Claudia's favourite past times are enjoying her husband's vegan cooking, getting into complex conversations, walking her doggo Linus, cycle-touring, travelling, reading, and watching crappy movies. 

You can find Claudia on Twitter (@ClaudiaFTowne)

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