Ron Broglio is a writer and documentary filmmaker, who received a CAF grant for his work. His research focuses on how philosophy and aesthetics can help us rethink the relationship between humans and the environment. His book Surface Encounters: Thinking with Animals and Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) asks what is an animal phenomenology and how might it be thought through art. In 2015, he published an edited volume, with co-editor Frederick Young, entitled Being Human: Between Animals and Technology, and in 2017, he published Beasts of Burden: Biopolitics, Labor, and Animal Life in British Romanticism (Routledge, SUNY Press). Ron is currently the director of the desert humanities initiative at Arizona State University, and is also Associate Director of the Institute for Humanities Research.