Michał Piotr Pręgowski received his PhD . in Sociology from the University of Warsaw, Poland, in 2008, and works as Assistant Professor at the Warsaw University of Technology. In 2014/2015 he served as a Fulbright grantee and a visiting professor at Eastern Kentucky University and its Animal Studies masters program. His research projects include social construction of dogs in the contemporary West, especially their naming and training, as well as social practices of commemorating companion animals. Michał has published four books, including edited monographs Free Market Dogs: The Human-Canine Bond in Post-Communist Poland (Purdue University Press, 2016) and Companion Animals in Everyday Life. Situating Human-Animal Engagement within Cultures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). His practical experience in AAI includes two years of non-profit activities for underprivileged children in Warsaw, Poland (2010-2012).