School of Social and Political Science

Maythe S.-W. Han

Job Title

PhD title: 'Not just a dog': economies and ecologies of multispecies kinship between dogs and their humans (working title)


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2018 - present

PhD Social Anthropology
University of Edinburgh / Edinburgh, Scotland
Research foci: dogs, more-than-human kinship, economic and ecological anthropology, assemblage theory, material culture

Supervisors: Prof. Janet Carsten + Dr. Rebecca Marsland

2015 - 2016

MA Material and Visual Culture
University College London / London, England
Research foci: materiality, kinship, body, queer anthropology, contemporary archaeology, sexuality, sex toys, BDSM

Supervisor: Prof. Victor Buchli

2011 - 2015 BA Anthropology/Archaeology, Classics, World Religions
McGill University / Montréal, Canada
Research foci: queer anthropology, human ecology, Ancient Greek and Latin literature

Lectures / teaching experience

09/2020 - present

Social Anthropology 1A: the Life Course / University of Edinburgh, Scotland


Remote Ethnography
Data Collection / University of Edinburgh, Scotland

11/2017 Creating and confining spaces for affective materiality: BDSM and the moral economy of neoliberalism
Sex Salon Lecture Series - Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies / University of Toronto, Canada

Conferences / workshops / public engagement


Dogs, Racism, and Anthrozoology: Talking Multispecies Kinship with Maythe Han

Anthropologically Speaking podcast


The ugliness of multispecies intersubjectivity: pandemic racism and the love of animals in the UK
Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) / virtual conference


More-than-human methods and ethics in canine ethnographic research: good boys who have taught me so much
Feminist Canine Ethnography Workshop / LOVA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

05/2019 Understanding queer and crip time with multispecies temporality
A More than Human Workshop / University of Edinburgh + Edinburgh College of Arts, Scotland
02/2019 Kibbles of love and chicken: an interspecies story of dog food
Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology Annual Symposium / University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Resting against resistance: academic rigidity and stagnation in neoliberal times
Stagnation in a Changing World Conference / University of St Andrews, Scotland

02/2018 Raising sexually healthy children (Toronto Public Health workshop)
Asian Community AIDS Services / Toronto, Canada

Published works

Han, Maythe. 2014. “Domestic Abuse of Women and Restorative Justice in Nunavut.” Fields | Terrains 4:27-31.

Professional experience

2018 - 2019

Operations Officer / Project Manager
Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) / Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Responsibilities were researching and reporting membership needs; submitting successful grant applications resulting in revenue of $20,000 from Ontario Media Development Corporation, $54,000 from Canada Council for the Arts, and $5000 from the Government of Canada; moderating discussions about the audiovisual media sector. Projects managed include 2018 annual general meeting, a new website for the organization. Duties include supervising assistants and coordinators, scheduling check-in meetings, and reporting to the executive director.


Project Facilitator / Writer / Translator
Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) / Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Main responsibilities included researching, writing, editing, and translating articles and documents about contraceptives, racialized experiences of sexual health, HIV/AIDS medication, etc.; attending meetings and events to initiate discussions about issues affecting queer Asian women.


Research Consultant (Contract)
Newcomer Women’s Services (NEW) / Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Accountabilities included developing an anti-homophobic, anti-heterosexist, and anti-colonial English as Second Language curriculum; incorporating queer and indigenous histories; curating resources for LGBTQ+ youths to access online.

02/2015 - 05/2015

Project Assistant (Contract)
Teaching and Learning Services, McGill University / Montréal, Québec, Canada

Contracted to re-imagine, re-design, and re-develop the Teaching and Learning Services @ McGill website. Main responsibilities included researching and curating a list of internal and external resources related to teaching and learning, and developing and executing outreach strategies to encourage students to visit and use the website.

07/2014 - 10/2014

Research Assistant (Contract)
Faculty of Medicine, McGill University / Montréal, Québec, Canada

Duties included researching the identification and classification of financial support information in scientific papers for the Transparent Science Project by the Biomedical Ethics Unit and identifying conflict of interest in scientific papers using the coding software developed for the project.

Honours, awards, and grants


Atelier Postgraduate Research Grant
Atelier: Creative Arts and the Social Sciences Network / Edinburgh, UK


Young Canada Works Grant
Department of Heritage & Cultural Human Resources Council / Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Dean’s Honour List
McGill University / Montréal, Québec, Canada


Ontario Scholar
Ontario Ministry of Education / Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Research interests

Research interests

Kinship, ecology, ecological anthropology, experimental research, visual anthropology, materiality, material culture, critical theory, linguistic anthropology, storytelling, experimental methodologies, friendship, relatedness, dogs, multispecies anthropology, more-than-human ethnography, critical whiteness studies

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