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Tyler Totten

PhD Candidate (Legal Studies)

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of law, rights, and justice
  • Animal ethics
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Law and literature

Tyler is a doctoral candidate in Carleton University’s Department of Law and Legal Studies. Committed to interdisciplinary scholarship, Tyler previously received degrees in philosophy and English literature from the University of Western Ontario. Drawing on this background in the humanities, Tyler endeavours to combine the abstract questions of critical theory with the practical questions of social justice. His dissertation interrogates the feasibility of animal rights, both in terms of their philosophical justifications as well as their practical applications.

In addition to working on his dissertation, Tyler taught Legal Theory and Social Science at the University of Ottawa in 2014.

Supervisor: Prof. Amy Bartholomew

Education and Qualifications

  • BA, Philosophy and English Literature, King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, 2010.
  • MA, English Literature, University of Western Ontario, 2011.
  • Teaching Certificate, Educational Development Centre, Carleton University, 2013.

Academic Awards

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC, Master’s. 2010-2011)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral. 2011-2012)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC, Doctoral. 2012-2015)