Ann Linder is the Associate Director of Policy & Research. Prior to this, she worked as a wildlife policy analyst for the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University focusing on applications of immunocontraceptive vaccines in free-roaming horses and cervids. She received her JD from Stanford Law School and holds a Masters of Science in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University, where her thesis examined the effect of phylogenetic relatedness on trial outcomes in Endangered Species Act Cases. Much of her work focuses on the intersection of animal law and criminal law, including both wildlife trafficking and crimes of neglect or abuse against domestic animals. A Midwesterner at heart, issues of animal agriculture have also been close to home for her.
Linder spent time working with the Animal Protection Unit for the City of Austin, Texas after serving as a Legislative Policy Fellow for the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program in 2018. Her work has been published by Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, and Lewis and Clark Law School, as well as the New York Bar Association. She is certified by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to handle and remove invasive pythons.
Below you can see three publications that are representative of Ann’s work and a selection of news and media stories related to her work with the Program.
- “Legislative Analysis of HR 4879: the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act of 2018” (Harvard Law School, 2018)
- “The Black Man’s Dog: The Social Context of Breed Specific Legislation” (Lewis and Clark Law School’s Animal Law Review, 2018)
- “Mens Rea and McKittrick: The Unraveling of the Endangered Species Act” (New York State Bar Association, 2016)