Dr. Wes Jamison, associate professor of communication at Palm Beach Atlantic University, has been invited to speak about animal welfare issues at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Jamie L. Whitten Administrative Building in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
He will speak on the topic Animals in America: Understanding Meta-narratives (World Views) and the Support for Animal Welfare. The speech is part of a series of educational seminars called Diverse Voices in Agriculture.
Dr. Jamison has studied animal welfare issues extensively. He received his doctorate from Oregon State University, where his dissertation examined agricultural opponents and opposition to agriculture, specifically focusing on the animal rights movement and its threat to animal agriculture. As part of his consulting business, he currently conducts research in the United States. and Europe on agricultural politics (especially related to the animal/human interaction), as well as urban-rural issues.
He also consults with companies in Europe, India and the United States on agricultural issues, and also has published extensively on agricultural politics. His area of consulting expertise involves urban-rural agricultural conflicts, animal welfare, animal rights and agricultural politics.
At PBA, he teaches public relations, persuasion, political communication and communication theory. He is completing another Ph.D. at the University of Florida, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in communications research, practice and theory. His academic research involves theories of public relations as they relate to activist communications and urban-rural conflict. He also researches the delegitimization of animal use in western culture.
Prior to moving back to his native Florida, Dr. Jamison served for more than a decade as professor of political and social science at universities in the United States and Europe, where he taught agriculture politics, agricultural history and American national government. He has also served during that time as a board member of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and as director of the Agricultural Stewardship Center.