School of Social and Political Science

Dr Maythe S.-W. Han

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a tattooed Korean woman with glasses sitting at a table backlit with blue neon lights

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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



2018 - 2022

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


Published works

Han, M. 2022. ‘More-than-human kinship against proximal loneliness: practising emergent multispecies care with a dog in a pandemic and beyond’. Feminist Theory. Special issue: Feminist Loneliness Studies.

Han, M. 2021. ‘Toward a reflexive anthropology’. Gender, Work & Organization. Special issue: Race, Difference and Power: Recursions of Coloniality in Work and Organizations.

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




  • ‘Imagining queer futures with dog children’. Guest lecture for ANTH 204 Anthropology of Meaning, 10 March, McGill University.
  • ‘No future for dog children’. Guest lecture for Kinship: Structure and Process. 25 Feb, University of Edinburgh.


  • ‘Doing digital ethnographic fieldwork’. Guest lecture for PGSP11016 Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection, 4 Oct, University of Edinburgh.
  • ‘Digital ethnography’. Guest lecture for SCAN08005 Ethnography: Theory and Practice, 11 Feb, University of Edinburgh.


  • ‘Remote ethnography’. Guest lecture for PGSP11016 Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection, 1 Oct, University of Edinburgh.


  • ‘Creating and confining spaces for affective materiality: BDSM and the moral economy of neoliberalism’. Sex Salon Lecture Series, 2 Nov, University of Toronto.


 Conference activities


  • ‘Multispecies choreographies’. Dog Day — Entre Chien et Loup, 17 Jun, Edinburgh College of Art.


  • ‘More-than-human kinship as a technology of exclusion: animalised humans and racialised animals in the fold of whiteness. 4S Annual Meeting — Good Relations: Practices and Methods in Unequal and Uncertain Worlds, 7 Oct, remote.


  • Chair. Dismantling Oppressive Structures in Anthropology conference, DOSiA, 25 Nov, remote.
  • Invited panelist. Multispecies encounters in our everyday lives, 21 Oct, University of St Andrews.
  • ‘The ugliness of multispecies intersubjectivity: pandemic racism and the love of animals in the UK’. ASA 2020: How to Live Through a Pandemic, 27 Aug, remote.
  • ‘More-than-human methods and ethics in canine ethnography’. LOVA workshop: feminist canine ethnography, 17 Jan, University of Amsterdam.


  • ‘Understanding queer and crip time with multispecies temporality’. More Than Human Workshop, 5 May, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art.
  • ‘Kibbles of love and chicken: an interspecies story about dog food’. Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology and Students of Medical Anthropology symposium, 21 February, University of Edinburgh.


  • Co-presented with Sophia Hoffinger. ‘Resting against resistance: academic rigidity and stagnation in neoliberal times’. Stagnation in a changing world conference, 12 Nov, University of St Andrews.


  • Co-presented with Ruth Coleszar-Green. An ethnographic critique of queer spaces. International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, 27 Jul, Toronto.


Media engagements

A list of my media engagements can be found here.


Honours, awards, and grants

2023Nominee, Student Tutor of the Year 
EUSA Teaching Awards, University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK
2020Atelier Postgraduate Research Grant
Atelier: Creative Arts and the Social Sciences Network / Edinburgh, UK
2017-2018Young Canada Works Grant
Department of Heritage & Cultural Human Resources Council / Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2013Dean’s Honour List
McGill University / Montréal, Québec, Canada
2011Ontario Scholar
Ontario Ministry of Education / Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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