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Iselin Magdalene Gambert Faculty Member

Positions

  • Professor of Legal Research and Writing, Law 2009 -
My scholarship spans multiple fields including legal writing and writing center pedagogy, feminist legal theory, animal law, critical animal studies, critical race theory, and food law and policy. My goal with my current scholarship is to ask timely questions about the ways in which political, legal, and cultural forces impact our daily lives and our relationship with food and other animals. This year I wrote three articles, all of which have been accepted for publication. One, "Trauma is Not an Add-On," is being published in the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and explores the ways in trauma-- including but not limited to traumas caused by the Covid-19 crisis and fight against systemic and institutionalized racism -- impacts educational spaces, and argues that space should be made for those traumas in the classroom rather than pretending they don't exist. The other article, "I Want You to Panic: Leveraging the Rhetoric of Fear and Rage for the Future of Food," builds on my work as a scholar of rhetoric as well as my research in the areas of critical animal studies and food law and policy. It argues that emotions like fear and rage can and should be leveraged to change the dominant paradigm around food culture and policy to create a less exploitative and more sustainable food system. In July 2020 I became the Interim Director of the Fundamentals of Lawyering program. In that role, I have been working to train, mentor, and supervise the FL faculty, develop FL-wide curriculum, and teach the Dean's Fellow and Writing Fellow classes and run those programs as well. I will remain Interim Director in AY 2022-23. In AY 2021-22, I served on the Academic Operations committee (as I did in 2020-21), and also served on the FL Hiring Committee. This is in addition to my other committee assignments (Academic Integrity, Ceremonies, Library). We conducted a nationwide search for candidates, interviewing dozens and ultimately hiring 10 full-time faculty members. I will serve on this committee in AY 2022-23 as well.

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