Deputy Director

Clair Linzey is the Deputy Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

She graduated first in her class with First Class Honours from the University of St Andrews, Scotland (2002-2006), with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. While studying at St Andrews, she won a string of prizes, including the Samuel Rutherford Prize for outstanding achievement in Senior Honours, the Norman H. G. Robinson Book Prize for achievement in Senior Honours, the A. H. Johnstone Memorial Medal for outstanding achievement in Junior Honours, the John Hope Prize for achievement in Junior Honours, the Hamilton Bursary for academic merit, the Agnes Anderson Prize for outstanding examination performance, the Wemyss Bursary for academic merit, and the Yeomann Bursary for academic merit.

Clair’s undergraduate dissertation was on “Confronting the ‘ugly, broad ditch’ of time, or from whence does knowledge come?’ An Evaluation of Lessing’s ‘difficulty’, and the apparent responses from Johannes Climacus in Søren Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments and from Karl Barth in his Church Dogmatics Volume IV: I.”

She was awarded the Monrad Scholarship and William Honeymoon Gillespie Scholarship to study at Harvard Divinity School, where she gained her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard University in 2008. During her time at Harvard, she was a member of the Editorial Review Board of Culture: The Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School, and was a research assistant for Professor Philip Clayton helping to produce Arthur Peacocke’s All That Is: A Naturalistic Faith for the Twenty First Century, edited by Philip Clayton (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007).

Clair subsequently worked at the Harvard Business School as a faculty and research assistant for Professor Nitin Nohria (now Dean of Harvard Business School), Professor Leslie Perlow and Assistant Professor Roy Chua. She provided editorial assistance for Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana’s Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2010), and also researched an interdisciplinary approach for an ‘Oath for Business’ and a case series ‘Life Stories of Recent MBA Graduates’ (Harvard Business School Cases, 2009). Clair subsequently worked as executive assistant to Dr Mihnea Moldoveanu, Professor of Integrative Thinking at the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

While at Harvard Divinity School, Clair won a place on their International Summer Field Education Placement in 2007. She spent the summer in Nicaragua where she taught in a rural school and travelled the country learning about its history and the growth of liberation theology. This, combined with her life-long commitment to animal protection, resulted in an interest in ecological and liberation theologies in South America. She is currently pursuing a PhD under Professor Mario Aguilar at the University of St Andrews on the Ecological Theology of Leonardo Boff with special consideration of the place of animals.

She is currently writing, with Andrew Linzey, a series of articles, including entries for the Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, the Encyclopedia of Bioethics 4th Edition, the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics, and the Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics.

Clair can be contacted at