Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, celebrated speaker, and author of the award-winning book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, which has been published (or is under contract) in 13 languages.
Dr. Joy is the eighth recipient of the Institute of Jainology’s Ahimsa Award, which was previously awarded to Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. Her work has been featured by numerous national and international media outlets, including the BBC, ABC Australia, NPR, and the New York Times.
Dr. Joy has given her acclaimed carnism presentation on six continents, and the video of her recent TEDx talk on carnism is in the top 1% of the most-viewed TEDx talks of all time. She is also the founder and president of the charitable organization Beyond Carnism and author of the award-winning book Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters and Strategic Action for Animals. Dr. Joy is also co-founder of ProVeg International, and the co-director of the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy (CEVA).