Alison studies animals in unnatural environments from the perspective of a cultural historian. She believes that a study of the taxidermic specimens in museums or the still animated creatures in zoos can inform on the human world that surrounds them. She is interested in using these altered relics of the natural world, removed from their proper place and time, to construct a sort of "unnatural history" that chronicles the cultural significance of animals on display throughout American history. Alison received her BA in Classics from Brown University and her MA in History from the University of New Orleans.
animals on display; cultures of collecting; natural history; museums; material culture; American history; cultural history