Brianne Donaldson

Bhagwaan Mahavir/Chao Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Jain Studies
Affiliated Faculty

Phone: 713-348-4177
Office: Mechanical Lab, 206

Research Interests: 

Brianne Donaldson works in interdisciplinary and multicultural ethics with an emphasis on the secular, scientific, and religious assumptions that justify violence against marginalized plants, animals, and people. While at Rice, Brianne is completing a first-of-its kind book examining bioethical foundations in the tradition of Jainism, including the views of international Jain medical professionals, alongside a second national project exploring teachers and students in Jain temple education. 

Brianne is the author of Creaturely Cosmologies: Why Metaphysics Matters for Animal and Planetary Liberation (Lexington Books 2015), The Future of Meat Without Animals (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016),  Beyond the Bifurcation of Nature: A Common World for Animals and the Environment (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014).


Brianne offers one class per semester, such as Bioethics and Indian Traditions or India, Consciousness, and Science. Outside the classroom, she is a small group facilitator for the first year ethics seminar at Baylor College of Medicine.