Hallie Abelman

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Hallie Abelman is a first year Ph.D. student in American Studies at the University of Iowa focusing on tactile representations of animals, particularly with regard to the ways that we perform and move in their presence. Hallie comes to Iowa with a deep commitment to ecological theatre and the ways it can be used to de-legitimize renderings of animals that perpetuate racist or ableist practices and ideologies. Hallie currently serves as an instructor for the American Studies course Understanding American Cultures. 

In 2014 Hallie received bachelor's degrees in Anthropology and Community Health from Tufts University before moving to Amsterdam to take part in a one-off MFA program on “illness arts” at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. During this time, Hallie made performance work about dog walking, wrote extensively about animals in performance, and worked as the studio manager and artist assistant to the Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo. After four years in Amsterdam, Hallie moved to NY to complete a MA degree in Performance Studies at NYU Tisch while also working as the graduate research assistant to the ecological-theatre scholar Una Chaudhuri. In 2019 Hallie was proud to become a founding member of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies. Hallie enjoys consuming reality television, cooking vegan junk food, and cuddling with their rescue chihuahuas, Ladybug and Tessa. 

Research Interests: 
  • Critical Animal, Disability and Performance Studies 
  • Decarceration
  • Critical Materialisms

Disability and Animality: Crip Perspectives in Critical Animal Studies
Edited By Stephanie Jenkins, Kelly Struthers Montford, Chloë Taylor
Chapter 10: Cripping Mad Cow Disease https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003014270

Hallie Abelman

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