Melissa Mary Wilson

Part-Time Instructor

I teach serveral courses in ecological ethics: Animal Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Ecofeminism, and Ethics of Food Policy. As a licensed attorney, I also teach Philosophy of Criminal Law and Critical Thinking. 

I have worked in the animal protection industry since 2009, in nonprofit roles including Cruelty Investigations Attorney (coordinating undercover investigations and resulting criminal and regulatory complaints), Corporate Liaison (negotiating animal welfare agreements with domestic and international clothing companies), and Policy Associate (researching legislation). During law school, I worked as a legal intern for the Lincoln County, N.C. District Attorney's office, trying misdemeanor cases under the Third-Year Practice Rule. Prior to these roles, I worked in the banking industry as an operational risk consultant, managing business continuity and disaster preparedness plans. 


  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law (2015)
    • Research: Ecocentric Tribalism: Leveraging Principles of American Indian Tribal Sovereignty to Advocate for the Collective Interests of Animals
  • M.A., Ethics and Applied Philosophy, UNCC (2013)
    • Thesis: Ecocentric Personhood: Establishing Ethical and Legal Obligations to Nonhumans within Capitalism 
  • ‚ÄčCert., Holistic Nutrition Consulting, American College of Healthcare Sciences (2011)
  • B.A., Corporate Communication, Queens University of Charlotte (2005)