Toxic Animal Encounters: Queer Environmental Threats & Racialized Reproduction Anxieties

My first book project traces contemporary anxieties about environmental toxins and their effects on sex, sexual development, and reproduction in North America. I argue that humans use toxin-exposed animals as discursive ambassadors for the longevity of white, heterosexual human families in moments of environmental crisis. My feminist critical discourse analysis addresses three scandals in particular, including (1) scientific reports of pesticide runoff causing frogs to develop intersex traits; (2) media responses to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster that disproportionately focus on pelican reproduction; and (3) farmers’ anxieties about feral pigs overpopulating North Carolina and bringing toxic illness to their family farms. 

Equine Estrogens Unbridled: Feminist Political Ecologies of Gendered Technologies

My post-doctoral research project explores how gender and de/humanization are co-constituted in hormones. I analyze the commodification of conjugated equine estrogens (CEEs) extracted from the urine of pregnant mares and commonly marketed as a gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy and to reduce unwanted side effects of menopause. Through multispecies ethnographic work conducted with former CEE farm workers, visiting with retired mares, and conversations with transgender consumers I ask: How does reproductive control of horses shape racialized formations of gender-affirming care? By critiquing how animal rights and environmental uproar in the U.S. has pushed CEE production abroad, I explore how equine estrogens are a globalized, racialized technology that affirms certain subjectivities through the active disavowal of others.


O’Laughlin, L.N. (In Progress). Toxic Animal Encounters: Queer Environmental Threats and Racialized Reproduction Anxieties [Book manuscript].

O'Laughlin, L.N. (Forthcoming 2020). “Emergence and Multiplicity: Theories of the Non/Human and the Paradoxical Possibilities in the Slash.” In S. Possocco, C. McCallem, and M. Fotta (Eds.) Cambridge Handbook of the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.  

O’Laughlin, L.N. (2020). "Troubling Figures: Endocrine Disruptors, Intersex Frogs, and the Logics of Environmental Science." Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 6(1), 1-28.

O’Laughlin, L. (2019). “Transnational Reflections on Embodying Non-binary Pronouns.” H-France Salon 11(14),

O’Laughlin, L. (2019). “Carefully Cripping Animal Ethics” [Review of Beasts of Burden by S. Taylor]. Society & Animals 27, 225-228.


Lee, R.Y. and O’Laughlin, L. (2018). [Review of Exposed by S. Alaimo, Object-oriented Feminisms ed. by K. Behar, and Undoing Monogamy by C. Willey]. Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society 43(4), 1034-1039.

O’Laughlin, L. (2017) “Dueling Dualisms: Seeing the Trees for the Forest without Losing Specificity” [Review essay]. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 22(2), 249-255.

O’Laughlin, L. (2016). “Interrogating Ecofeminisms: Reading Endocrine Disruptor Panics as Assemblages.” Green Theory & Praxis Journal 9(3), 29-38.


O’Laughlin, L. (2015). “Animal Prostheses as a Site of Transspecies Intimacy: Que(e)rying Time.” Green Theory & Praxis Journal, 8(1), 43-49.


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