Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M. is a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology, celebrated speaker, and author of the award-winning book "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows," soon to be published in 11 languages and a top book pick by television host Ellen DeGeneres. Dr. Joy was the eighth recipient of the Institute of Jainology’s Ahimsa Award for her work on global nonviolence (past recipients include the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela). She also received the Empty Cages Prize, for her intellectual and practical contribution toward justice for animals, which was presented by Milan city councilors in Italy.
Dr. Joy’s work has been featured in national and international media outlets and programs, including National Public Radio, PBS, the BBC, Radio Canada, Germany’s ARD (the world’s second-largest public broadcaster), Luxembourg’s RTL (Europe’s second-largest media production company), ABC Australia, and Good Morning Croatia. Her work has also been highlighted in publications including The New York Times, Canada’s Le Soleil, Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany’s largest national subscription daily newspaper), Spiegel Online, Luxembourg’s Tageblatt, Italy’s Di la Repubblica, Austria’s renowned Der Standard, Belgium’s De Standaard, Sweden’s Svenska Dagbladet, and Jana (Slovenia’s leading women’s magazine).
Dr. Joy has given her critically acclaimed carnism presentation on five continents. She is also the author of "Strategic Action for Animals," and she has written a number of articles on psychology, animal protection, and social justice. Dr. Joy is the founder and president of Beyond Carnism.