Dominic Dongilli

Graduate Research Assistant

Dominic is a Ph.D. student in American Studies and Gender, Women & Sexuality studies. His research interests center American zoos; how space and place frame constructions of interspecies relationships, bodily integrity and the reproductive politics of conservation breeding programs. He is interested in questions of what it means to know and experience the world and its diversity of spaces as embodied beings. Prior to graduate school, he spent three years as a Gorilla & Orangutan Zookeeper and conservation educator.

Dominic also serves on the Obermann Center’s Mellon-funded Humanities for the Public Good advisory committee, which explores doctorate education that centers public engagement and trans-disciplinary intellectual engagement to meet the diverse needs of our 21st-century world.

Research Interests: 
  • Zoos & museums
  • The American environmental imaginary
  • Critical animal studies
  • Environmental/land art
  • Queer studies
Dominic Dongilli

210 Jefferson Building (JB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States