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Chelsea Blink

A.B. in History and Science, Harvard, 2012
M.A. in History of Science and Medicine, Yale, 2017
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2018

Current Position
Legislative Fellow, U.S. House of Representatives, in the office of Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA)

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
PhD student in History of Science and Medicine at Yale. My PhD research is on how the emergence of scientific concepts of welfare has laboratory animal regulations. I’ve also worked as a cook at a feminist-vegetarian restaurant/bookstore, an exhibit facilitator at a science museum, and an interfaith organizer at a Humanist community.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I was so excited to find a graduate program that is completely focused on animal issues! There aren’t many animal studies scholars at Yale so I’ve been kind of lonely. I’m also looking forward to the externship so I can explore some potential non-academic career paths.

Interests in and experience with animals
I used to volunteer at a nature museum, where I got to bring out live local fauna (like tortoises, snakes, newts, and spiders) for visitors to see and sometimes touch. It fit with my interest in environmental ethics and biodiversity, and promoting sustainable and respectful ways of interacting with other species more broadly. My academic work has focused on the laboratory as a major site of human-animal interaction, but I’m also interested in exploring agriculture and food policy.

MS in Animals and Public Policy Student Externship and Research Poster Presentations 2018

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