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About Us

Knowing Animals is a podcast featuring interviews with animal studies scholars. New episodes are published every other week, and are available for free, forever, on all good podcast services. Knowing animals is hosted by the British philosopher Josh Milburn. You can follow Knowing Animals on Twitter or on Facebook, or follow Josh on Twitter or on Instagram.

On each episode of Knowing Animals, Josh speaks to an academic about their recently published work in animal studies. Here at Knowing Animals, we interpret “animal studies” broadly, and we feature scholars with backgrounds in philosophy, politics, law, history, geography, literature, anthropology, sociology, geography, archaeology, visual arts, media, and much more. Guests are from all career stages, from postgraduate students to emeritus professors, and we also regularly feature scholars who do not come from traditional academic backgrounds.

Knowing Animals has a sister podcast. The occasional Protecting Animals series features interviews with animal advocates about their work on behalf of animals.

Knowing Animals was founded in 2015 by the Australian political scientist and animal studies scholar Siobhan O’Sullivan, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Siobhan ran the podcast, which featured the occasional guest host, until Josh took over in 2020. Josh has been the regular host since, though Siobhan returned as a guest host in both 2021 and 2022.

If you think you or someone you represent might make a good guest on Knowing Animals, we’d be very happy to hear from you. Reach out to Josh on or on Twitter.

Knowing Animals is a proud member of the iRoar Podcasting Network, and is proudly sponsored by AASA (the Australasian Animal Studies Association) and the Animal Publics book series at Sydney University Press. The Knowing Animals logo was designed by Yvette Watt and Anthony Terry, while the Knowing Animals theme tune was created by Elizabeth Usher. The Knowing Animals website was designed by Torin Doppelt with support from the Loughborough Open Research Collective. The header image is by Tom Woollard / We Animals Media, featuring Patsy and Saffron of Pigs in the Wood.