Seven Mattes

  • Research Assistant
  • Graduate Writing Consultant


6E Berkey Hall

Research Interests

  • Human-animal relationships, East Asian Studies, animal epistemology, post-humanism, activism and academia

Biographical Info

Seven Bryant is a doctoral student in sociocultural anthropology and has completed the animal studies specialization and the gender, justice, and environmental change specialization. She received her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in 2007, double-majoring in anthropology and environmental studies. Her research is focused on the emerging animal welfare movements in Japan, responding to international critiques of their treatment of cetaceans and the recent 3-11 disaster aftermath. Seven is broadly interested in the ethical relationships people posesses with non-human animals and how they perceive themsevles in relation to various species, or categories, of animals. Employing a post-humanist epistemological approach, she seeks to understand the development and variety of human-animal relationships in nations less-affected by prominent Western philosophies.  Her general interests include: the intersection of activism and academia, vegetarianism and veganism, anthropocentricm, human exceptionalism, and comparative religion. As the president of Graduate Students for Animals, an organization seeking to apply graduate level work in Animal Studies to animal issues within our community, Seven is heavily involved in local activist work. Seven’s work is inspired by her two cats, Ooky and Bean, and her fiancé Andrew.