Rachel R. Neis begins Ancient Jew Review's month-long forum on Animals in Late Antiquity with "When Species Meet in the Mishnah." You can check it out at buff.ly/2wk8Py2

Neis works with feminist science studies, disability studies, and animal studies to historicize the makings of humans and others in so-called classical Jewish sources. 

"To the extent that concerns about the human, species, animality, and reproduction criss-cross antiquity and the present, a species-informed approach to late antiquity not only allows us to hazard ways of thinking/being the non/human, it also can short-circuit rhetorical invocations of a 'Judeo-Christian tradition' by questioning cherished myths."