Eric Greene, Founder & President
Beginning in the early-1980s, Eric Greene developed and graduated with the first interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees in Animals & Culture Studies from Binghamton University and Vermont College (now part of The Union Institute and University), respectively, followed by advanced study in cultural anthropology at the New School for Social Research. In 1990, he pioneered the first animal studies program offered at an institution of higher education (Miami-Dade College). Designed to explore both, cross-cultural understandings of nonhuman animals and the complexities of our relationships with them, his work remains deeply rooted in ideals of social and environmental justice, and attends to the subjectivities of individual animals.
As a graduate student, Eric built a professional career in the nonprofit sector. Reflecting upon his years as an executive at health-related education and research organizations (both, community-based and national), he finds great potential in translating health-based strategies to animal protection and ecological projects. In 2003 he founded EverGreene Consulting which provides domestic and international programs with needed services (e.g., strategic planning, program development, proposal planning, and marketing). His services have supported such projects as coexistence and reconciliation in the Middle East; community-based family violence programs; and HIV prevention programs in underserved communities.
In 2010, Eric founded the Green Pet-Burial Society, designed to take a multilevel approach in promoting green burial options for when a companion animals dies, and to advance the study of cultural perceptions of animals and our relationships with them.
Eric is committed to blending his academic and nonprofit expertise in ways that advance research and programs designed to explore the complexities of our relationships with other animals, and to improve those relationships cross-culturally. He currently serves on the advisory council of the Animals & Society Institute and on the editorial boards of its peer-reviewed journals, Society & Animals and Sloth. Eric also served as a founding board member for the National Museum of Animals & Society.
Research interests include: animality, semiotics, the body in public/private space, representations of nature, religion, bullying and home-based violence.
updated November 4, 2014