Seven Mattes

  • PhD Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellow, Asian Studies FLAS Fellow, Animal Studies Specialization Fellow
  • Faculty Instructor - WS201, Teaching Assistant - ANP201


6E Berkey Hall

Research Interests

  • Animal Studies
  • Anthropology of Japan
  • Anthropology of Disaster
  • Feminist Political Ecology
  • Feminist Methodologies
  • Multispecies Ethnography
  • Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
  • Qualitative Research

Biographical Info

Seven Mattes is a PhD Candidate specializing in the anthropology of Japan, human-animal studies and disaster at Michigan State University, alongside pursuing a certificate in community engagement. Her doctoral research uses multispecies ethnography to understand the dynamic animal welfare landscape in Japan following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Locally, she engages in numerous academic and advocacy projects exploring and aiding the multifaceted relationships people have with the animals in their lives, from the pigs they eat to the cats they love.


Mattes, Seven. 2017. “The Shared Vulnerability and Resiliency of the Fukushima Animals and their Rescuers.” In Michèle Companion and Miriam Chaiken (eds.), Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience, 103-116. Taylor and Francis.

Mattes, Seven. 2017. “Save the Whale? Ecological Memory and the Human-Whale Bond in Japan’s Small Coastal Villages.” In Ian Werkheiser and Zachary Piso (eds.), Food Justice in US and Global Contexts. Springer.

Whitley, Cameron Thomas, Louie Rivers III, Seven Mattes, Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt, Arika Ligmann-Zielinska, Laura Schmitt Olabisi, and Jing Du. 2017. “Climate-induced migration: using mental models to explore aggregate and individual decision-making.” Journal Of Risk Research.

Whitley, Cameron T, Seven Mattes, and Rachel Kelly. 2015. “Intentional Shared Suffering: A Comparative Analysis of Varied Pig Production Methods in a University Setting.” Animalia: An Anthrozoology Journal.