Kaori Nagai has written on animals, especially in the context of the long nineteenth century, postcolonialism and maritime studies. She is the author of Imperial Beast Fables: Animals, Cosmopolitanism, and the British Empire (2020). She is also a founding member of the Kent Animal Humanities Network and edited a collection of essays entitled Cosmopolitan Animals (2015, chief editor) with five animal studies colleagues at Kent. Kaori held a Caird Short-Term Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum on the topic of sea-faring rats, from which emerged her edited collection, Maritime Animals: Ships, Species, Stories (2023). She is starting an AHRC-funded Networking Project called ‘Rethinking Fables in the Age of Global Environmental Crisis’ in June 2023.