Dr. Seven Mattes

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Assistant Professor Seven Mattes received her BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from WMU in 2007 and her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2018. Specializing in Japanese human-animal relationships, her applied research is aimed at improving disaster preparedness and resiliency for animals through policy change and direct action with non-profit organizations. In both research and teaching she emphasizes the significance of valuing and understanding human-animal entanglements across cultures



  • Human-Animal Studies – Japan
  • Disaster Preparedness and Multispecies Resiliency
  • Covid-19 and non-human animals
  • Multispecies ethnography


  • Animal Studies 


Mattes, Seven, Aviva Vincent, Cameron T. Whitley. 2021. “Emerging with Oddkin: Interdisciplinarity in the Animal Turn." Society & Animals 29 (7), 733-761.


Mattes, Seven. 2022. "Kawaii pets and animal abandonment in Japan." Pp. 95-126 in Animals in the City, edited by Laura A. Reese. Global Urban Studies. London: Routledge.


Faas, A.J., Roberto Barrios, Virginia García-Acosta, Adriana Garriga-López, Jennifer Trivedi, and Seven Mattes. 2020. “Entangled Roots and Otherwise Possibilities: The Anthropology of Disasters COVID-19 Research Agenda.” Human Organization 79(4).


Mattes, Seven and Cameron T. Whitley. 2020. “Entangled Impacts: Human-Animal Relationships and Energy Development.” In Jeffrey Jacquet, Julia Haggerty, and Gene Theodori (eds.), Coordinating Research on the Social Impacts of Energy Development: Synthesis across the social sciences.


Kelly, Jennifer, Seven Mattes, and Christina Leshko. 2018. “Perceptions of Wildlife: The Case of Ingham County Michigan.” Michigan Sociological Review, 32, 67-91.

Mattes, Seven. 2017. “The Shared Vulnerability and Resiliency of the Fukushima Animals and their Rescuers.” In Michèle Companion and Miriam Chaiken (eds.), Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience, 103-116. Taylor and Francis.