________INTRODUCTION________This page is an open resource for those interested in critical animals studies. According to the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, which coined the term in 2007,
Critical Animal Studies (CAS) is the academic field of study dedicated to the abolition of animal and ecological exploitation, oppression, and domination. CAS is grounded in a broad global emancipatory inclusionary movement for total liberation and freedom.An accurate history of the field and a detailed overview of each of the ten founding principles of CAS scholarship are articulated in the 2014 anthology Defining Critical Animal Studies. (Not to be confused with the inaccurate appropriation of the term in Critical Animal Studies: An Introduction)
Listed below are resources both for those those seeking an education in CAS (links to grad programs, journals, book series, and funding sources) as well as those seeking materials for developing a critical animal studies courses (book recommendations and links to syllabi) . Although many of these resources listed here may not be classified as belonging to "critical animal studies" proper, I've only included resources I believe relevant to CAS researchers. If you have suggestions for content to add, please comment.
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NOTE: Some CAS scholars will define CAS as "opposed" to HAS (Human-Animal Studies) on the grounds that HAS (a) uncritically maintains the human-animal dichotomy in its title and (b) has roots in animal welfare reform. However, the rhetorical distinction of "critical" has come under question by Craig McFarlane for being under-theorized, and for producing a divisive identity politics. Since, Steve Best, a co-founder of the field, has argued that CAS has increasingly been appropriated by scholars who prioritize career over effective advocacy, incorporation over confrontation, and "interesting" jargon over political critique.
Nevertheless, the distinction between CAS and HAS is valuable in a time when embodiment, affect, and animality have become trendy and profitable scholarship topics. CAS scholars would do well to consider the direction of some critical race theorists such as Noel Ignatiev:
Now that White Studies has become an academic industry, with its own dissertation mill, conference, publications, and no doubt soon its junior faculty, it is time for the abolitionists to declare where they stand in relation to it. Abolitionism is first of all a political project: the abolitionists study whiteness in order to abolish it.[*]While the upsurge in popularity of human-nonhuman animal relations is invaluable to creating social change, like anti-racist scholarship, CAS is an organized movement of scholars to politicize animal others in order to transform a new generation of students through a theory of total liberation. I regard CAS as an orientation within HAS research rather than an entirely separate body of work--albeit, a body that resists assimilation.
The CAS Resource List is a continual work in progress, updates several times a year. Last update: 1/29/15
Teacher Resources * Online Community * Scholar Resources * Notable Programs * Online Resources
________TEACHER RESOURCES________Courses and Syllabi
Animals and Us (SAFE)
Human Animal Studies Courses (ASI)
Syllabus Exchange (H-Animal Net)
Animals in Schools: Processes and Strategies in Human-Animal Education (Pedersen 2009)
Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy & Planetary Crisis (Kahn 2010)
Earthkind: A Teacher's Handbook on Humane Education (Selby 1995)
Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies Across the Disciplines (DeMello 2010)
Critical Animal Studies
Defining Critical Animal Studies (Nocella et al., 2014)
The Rise of Critical Animal Studies (Taylor and Twine 2014)
Critical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable (Sorensen 2014)
HAS, Introductions and Text Books
Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (DeMello 2012)
Humans, Animals, and Society: An Introduction to HAS (Taylor 2012)
The Animals Reader: The Essential and Contemporary Writings (Kalof and Fitzgerald 2006)
Between the Species: Readings in Human-Animal Relationships (Arluke and Sanders 2008)
Social Creatures: A Human and Animal Studies Reader (Flynn 2008)
Animal Ethics Anthologies and Readers
Animal Rights: A Historical Anthology (Lindzey and Clarke 1990)
Animal Ethics Reader 2nd ed. (Armstrong 2003/2008)
Animal Philosophy: Essential Readings in Continental Thought (Calarco and Atterton 2004)
Animal Rights Debate: Current Debates, New Directions (Sunstein and Nussbaum 2004)
A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics (Waldau and Patton 2004)
Food for Thought: The Debate Over Eating Meat (Sapontzis 2004)
The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics (Beauchamp and R.G. Frey 2011)
Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare v.1 (Bekoff 2010)
Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships, v.1 (Bekoff 2008)
Australian Animal Studies Group
Critical Animal Studies
H-Animal Discussion Group
Human-Animal Studies *
Blogs of Interest
- Abolitionist Approach
- Academic Abolitionist Vegan
- Critical Animal
- Green is the New Red
- Let Them Eat Meat
- Lib Now!
- Our Hen House
- Sistah Vegan
- Sociological Images
- Talon Conspiracy
- Vegan Feminist Network
- Vegan Ideal
- Vegans of Color
- Vegan Police
CAS News & Criticism
- Editor's Introduction: The State of Human-Animal Studies: Solid, at the Margin! (Kenneth Shapiro, S&A 2002)
- Introducing Critical Animal Studies (Best, Nocella, Kahn, Gigliotti, Kemmerer, JCAS 2007)
- "Human, All Too Human: 'Animal Studies' and the Humanities' (Cary Wolfe, PMLA March 2009)
- Presses, Journals, and Meeting Buzz with Animals (Jennifer Howard, Chronicle 10/18/2009)
- Creature Consciousness (Jennifer Howard, Chronicle 10/18/2009)
- The Rise of Critical Animal Studies: Putting Theory into Action and Animal Liberation into Higher Education (Steve Best, JCAS 2009)
- New 'Animal Studies' Courses Look at Culture, Not Biology (Jennifer Epstein, USA Today 7/8/2010)
- What's So 'Critical' about Critical Animal Studies? (Craig McFarlane, Theoria 2010)
- The State of Human-Animal Studies (Kenneth Shapiro & Margo DeMello, S&A 2010)
- Animal Studies Cross Campus to Lecture Hall (James Gorman, 1/3/2012)
- "Introduction" in Animals & Society (DeMello 2012)
- The Rise (and Fall) of Critical Animal Studies (Steve Best, 2012)
- "Introduction" in Defining Critical Animal Studies (Nocella et al., 2014)
Abby Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies [NEW]
This is a one-year non-renewable 12-month fellowship. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated expertise in animal ethics, law and public policy, show evidence of teaching potential, and be able to participate constructively in departmental and collegial activities... A recipient of the Fellowship is expected to reside in Kingston, to be actively involved in the day-to-day life of the Department, to teach a University course in animal studies, and to collaborate in developing initiatives related to the promotion of the analysis and understanding of animal rights.
Animal Law Academic Fellowship (Harvard) [NEW]
The Animal Law Academic Fellowship is a two-year full-time residential program designed to identify, cultivate, and promote promising animal law scholars early in their careers. We are specifically looking for recent graduates, junior academics, and mid-career practitioners who are committed to pursuing publishable research that will make a significant contribution in the area of animal law
Human-Animal Studies Fellowship (ASI)
Scholars selected to participate in the fellowship program will be awarded a stipend of $3,000 to help cover travel costs, housing, living expenses, books and other research expenses. The Wesleyan hosts will help coordinate housing for the fellows... Eligibility. Applicants must (1) possess a Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W. or equivalent, or be a doctoral student at the dissertation stage; (2) have a commitment to advancing research in Human-Animal Studies; (3) be actively engaged, during the fellowship program, in a research project that culminates in a journal article, book, or other scholarly presentation, and (4) submit a follow-up report six months after the fellowship’s completion.
Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship (HSUS)
Each year the scholarship is awarded to a New England high school senior who has made a meaningful contribution to animal protection over a significant period of time. The award consists of tuition assistance in the amount of $2,500, which is payable to the college or university at which the recipient will be matriculating in 2012... Actions meriting the award may include long-term, direct work on behalf of animals; inspiring leadership in animal protection organizations; papers, speeches, or presentations on humane topics; and heroic rescues of animals in danger. A humane attitude, an understanding of humane ethics, and past performance on behalf of animals are essential.
Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarship (VRG)
The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $10,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities... Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet and lifestyle
Tyke, Britches, and Hilda Scholars of the Year; Annual Awards (ICAS)
CAS recognizes one graduate student from around the world who is working theoretically and practically on advancing animal rights activism and/or alternatives to animal studies and research. If you are interested in being an ICAS Scholar of the Year please send 1) a 500 to 1000 word statement on your accomplishments, academic work, advocacy, and academic and political goals, 2) three recommendations, and 3) your CV. The Scholars position is a one year appointment.
Clifton Bryant Animals & Society Course Award (ASA)
The ASA Section on Animals & Society seeks nominations for the 2013 Award for Outstanding Course on Animals & Society. To place a name in nomination, please send a letter to the Section Chair indicating the name of the nominee (self nominations are permitted), current curriculum vitae, a copy of the course syllabus and a discussion of the nominee’s distinguished contributions to undergraduate or graduate understandings of animals & society. Eligibility: Nominees must be members of the American Sociological Association and the Section on Animals & Society.
Culture & Animals Foundation
Culture & Animals Foundation supports the exploration of human-animal relationships by awarding grants in three categories: Research: scholarly projects about animal advocacy and its cultural roots and impact. Creativity: original work by artists and thinkers that expresses positive concern for animals. Performance: public performances and exhibitions, including the products of our research and creative grants, to raise awareness of animal advocacy. Culture & Animals Foundation has an annual grant cycle, with an application deadline of January 31st. Applicants will be notified of results by March 31st.
Animals and Society Course Awards (HSUS, ASI)
The HSUS and the Animals and Society Institute invite applications from college and university faculty members for the twelfth annual Animals and Society Course Awards. The awards recognize excellence in courses concerning the human-animal bond, human obligations toward animals, the status of animals, and related topics... judges use criteria such as depth and rigor within the topic, impact on the field of human-animal studies, and originality of approach.Each award carries a prize of $1,500.
ASI-WAS Undergraduate Prize (ASI, Wesleyan)
The Animals and Society Institute (ASI) and Wesleyan Animal Studies (WAS) offer an annual prize for undergraduate students who have written... an outstanding, original theoretical or empirical scholarly work that advances the field of human-animal studies... must be between 4,000-7,000 words long, including abstract and references. The winning paper will be published in Society & Animals... Papers are accepted on October 15 each year.
Voiceless: Animal Protection institute - Annual Grant Program & Media Prize
The Voiceless Grants Program offers financial support to non-profit organisations, councils and universities for the design and implementation of projects focusing on Voiceless's core areas of work - the suffering of animals in industrialised farms in Australia, and the commercial kangaroo industry.
HARN - Vox Animalia Students Prize
HARN: Human Animal Research Network invites applications from undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Sydney for the Vox Animalia Student Essay Prize. The essay should address the question above.
Web of Life Foundation - Annual Writing Competition
WOLFoundation is a non-profit organization aimed at encouraging fresh thinking and clear, accessible, enjoyable writing on subjects related to our environment. We are looking for ideas presented in a high quality, non-technical style. We welcome any opinion on environmental issues - be they for or against any particular debate or point of view. Our requirements are simple: we encourage original thinking and discourage the re-hashing of tired ideas; we look for clear, compelling writing in the English language; we welcome any form of writing - essays, fiction short stories or any other form of prose in any style... The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,500. A further $500 will be awarded to the second placed entry. The top 20 entries will be published as a book of collected essays.
A Voice for Animals Contest (Humane Education Network)
American Anti-Vivisectionist Society (PA)
Animal Law Center (CO)
Animal Legal Defense Fund (CA, DC, OR)
Compassion Over Killing (DC)
Farm Sanctuary (CA, NY)
Humane Society of the United States
Last Chance for Animals (CA)
Mercy for Animals (CA, IL, NY, TX)
National Anti-Vivisectionist Society (CA)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (VA)
________PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS________Animal Law Review:
Animal Law Review is a student-run law review at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Animal Law was the first journal dedicated to animal law issues and today is the leading journal in this rapidly growing field. Our objective is to provide a balanced scholarly forum to discuss all aspects of animal law.
Animal Studies Journal [NEW]
Animal Studies Journal, the online scholarly journal of the Australian Animal Studies Group, provides a forum for current research in human-animal Studies. ASJ publishes international cross-disciplinary content with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in Australian, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific scholarship. The journal, which is published twice yearly, is fully refereed (double-blind peer reviewed) and open access.
Animal Welfare is an international scientific and technical journal. It publishes the results of peer-reviewed scientific research, technical studies and reviews relating to the welfare of kept animals (eg on farms, in laboratories, zoos and as companions) and of those in the wild whose welfare is compromised by human activities.
Animals (ISSN 2076-2615) is an international and interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal. It publishes reviews, regular research papers, communications, and short notes that are relevant to any field of study that involves animals, including zoology, ethnozoology, animal science, animal ethics and animal welfare. However, preference will be given to those articles that provide an understanding of animals within a larger context (i.e., the animals' interactions with the outside world, including humans). There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical research in as much detail as possible. Full experimental details and/or method of study, must be provided for research articles.
Anthrozoös: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals
A vital forum for academic dialogue on human-animal relations, Anthrozoös is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that has enjoyed a distinguished history as a pioneer in the field since its launch in 1987. The key premise of Anthrozoös is to address the characteristics and consequences of interactions and relationships between people and non-human animals across areas as varied as anthropology, ethology, medicine, psychology, veterinary medicine and zoology. Articles therefore cover the full range of human-animal relations, from their treatment in the arts and humanities, through to behavioral, biological, social and health sciences.
Attenae: The Journal of Nature and Visual Culture
Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, was founded in September 2006 by Giovanni Aloi, a London-based lecturer in history of art and media studies. The Journal combines a heightened level of academic scrutiny of animals in visual culture, with a less formal and more experimental format designed to cross the boundaries of academic knowledge, in order to appeal to diverse audiences including artists and the general public alike... Ultimately, the Journal provides a platform and encourages the overlap of the professional spheres of artists, scientists, environmental activists, curators, academics, and general readers. It does so through an editorial mix that combines academic writing, interviews, informative articles, and discussions with an illustrated format, in order to grant accessibility to a wider readership.
Between the Species: An Online Journal for the Study of Philosophy and Animals
Between the Species is an electronic journal devoted to the philosophical examination of the relationship between human beings and other animals. While most articles are ethical inquiries, others raise issues involving metaphysics, epistemology and other areas of philosophical investigation
Environmental Humanities [NEW]
Environmental Humanities is an international, open-access journal that aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences.
Humanimalia:A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies
Humanimalia has three aims: to explore and advance the vast range of scholarship on human/animal relations, to encourage exchange among scholarship working from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and to promote dialogue between the academic community and those working closely with animals in non-academic fields... We invite innovative work that situates these topics within contemporary culture via a variety of critical approaches, including but not limited to feminism, queer theory, critical race studies, political economy, ethnography, ethnozoology, literary criticism, science and technology studies, and media studies. Ideally, we seek papers that combine approaches, or at the very least draw upon research in other disciplines to contextualize their arguments. As much as possible, we seek papers that connect their analyses of animals and human/animal interactions to existing material practices related to animals or the discourse of animality.
Journal of Animal Ethics [NEW]
The Journal of Animal Ethics is the first named journal of animal ethics in the world. It is devoted to the exploration of progressive thought about animals. It is multidisciplinary in nature and international in scope. It covers theoretical and applied aspects of animal ethics -- of interest to academics from the humanities and the sciences, as well as professionals working in the field of animal protection.
Journal of Animal Law
The Journal of Animal Law seeks to explore the legal and public policy issues surrounding animals at all levels of government: local, state, national, comparative national and international. All perspectives are welcome. The Journal will be web published in its entirety, but hard print copy shall also be available.
Journal of Animal Law & Ethics (Penn)
Journal of Animal Law & Policy (Stanford)
The Journal of Animal Law & Policy was founded in August 2007 to provide a high-quality, widely accessible forum for the publication and discussion of animal law scholarship. Although contributors to the journal may express strong opinions about the legal and policy frameworks governing the status and treatment of nonhuman animals, the journal itself welcomes a diversity of views and neither espouses nor endorses any particular approach to or theory of animal rights and/or welfare.
Journal for Critical Animal Studies
The Journal was established for the purpose of fostering academic study of critical animal issues in contemporary society. JCAS is grounded in an opposition to animal studies and research, which exploits nonhuman animals. The Journal for Critical Animal Studies is an interdisciplinary and intersection journal with an emphasis on total liberation and freedom for all. This Journal was designed to build up the common activist’s knowledge of animal liberation while at the same time appealing to academic specialists to address the important topic of animal liberation, freedom, and advocacy.
Journal für kritische Tierstudien, deutschsprachige [NEW]
JCAS German translations
Relations: Beyond Anthropocentrism [NEW]
Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed journal of trans-anthropocentric ethics and related inquires. The main aim of the journal is to create a professional interdisciplinary forum in Europe to discuss moral and scientific issues that concern the increasing need of going beyond narrow anthropocentric paradigms in all fields of knowledge
Resistance Ecology [NEW]
*Not a peer-reviewed academic journal, but worth checking out
Revisra Brasileira de Dereito Animal (Brazilian Animal Rights Review) [NEW]
A Revista Brasileira de Direito Animal é a primeira revista relacionada com o atual debate sobre o Direito Animal na América Latina, coordenada pelos Professores Heron Santana Gordilho, Luciano Rocha Santana e Tagore Trajano de Almeida Silva, fundada em 2006 e com a periodicidade semestral.
La Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Críticos Animales [NEW]
La Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Críticos Animales constituye una apuesta colectiva, impulsada por investigadores e investigadoras de diversos países. Es una iniciativa orientada a promover los Estudios Críticos Animales (ECA) y dirigida a la supresión de la subordinación en diferentes ámbitos. La revista, que cuenta a su vez con un enfoque trans e interdisciplinario, es editada por el nodo latinoamericano del Instituto de Estudios Críticos Animales (ICAS – sus siglas en inglés).
Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies [NEW]
Sloth is an online bi-annual journal that publishes international, multi-disciplinary writing by undergraduate students and recent (within three years) graduates... giving those who are interested in human/non-human animal relationships a way to contribute to and engage with the field, as well as an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge, and resumes in anticipation of their graduate school careers
Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
Since 1993 and in conjunction with the internationally recognized Brill, ASI produces Society & Animals, a quarterly journal containing peer reviewed studies concerning nonhuman animals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and other social sciences and history, literary criticism, and other disciplines of the humanities.
Trace: Finnish Journal for Human-Animal Studies [NEW]
Trace is a peer-reviewed, fully open access online journal that provides a forum for the discussion of human-animal relations from social and cultural perspectives. The journal publishes original research articles, lectiones praecursoriae, and conference reports, as well as reviews on books, art exhibitions, films, and other media. Trace accepts submissions in Finnish, English, and Swedish..
Agriculture and Human Value
Ethics & the Environment
Food and Foodways
Food, Culture & Society
Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
PhaenEx: Animals and Food Ethics (2013)
New Formations: The Animals Turn (2012)
Hypatia: Animal Others (2012)
Law, Culture, and the Humanities: Animals (2010)
Mosaic: The Animal I, II (2006-07)
...more to come...
________BOOK SERIES________Animalibus: Of Animals and Cultures (Penn State Press - Nigel Rothfels & Garry Marvin)
Animal (Reaktion Books - Johnathon Burt)
Animal is a pioneering series from Reaktion Books. The first of its kind to explore the historical significance and impact on humans of a wide range of animals, each book in the series takes a different animal and examines its role in history around the world. The importance of mythology, religion and science are described as is the history of food, the trade in animals and their products, pets, exhibition, film and photography, and their roles in the artistic and literary imagination.
Animal Turn Series, The (MSU Press- Linda Kalof)
The Animal Turn Series focuses on how animals figure in human lives, how humans figure in animal lives, and how both are tethered together in an increasingly fragile biosphere. The series will present an interdisciplinary examination of the human- animal relationship as grounded in specific historical, cultural, and environmental contexts
Animal Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan - Andrew Linzey & Priscilla Cohn)
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the ethics of our treatment of animals. Philosophers have led the way, and now a range of other scholars have followed from historians to social scientists. From being a marginal issue, animals have become an emerging issue in ethics and in multidisciplinary inquiry. This series will explore the challenges that Animal Ethics poses, both conceptually and practically, to traditional understandings of human-animal relations.
Animals, Culture, & Society (Temple University Press - Arnold Arluke, Clifton Sanders)
Animals, Culture, and Society... is concerned with probing the complex and contradictory human-animal relationship through the publication of accessible books that consider the place of animals in our culture, our literature, our society, and our homes..
Critical Animal Studies and Theory (Lexington - Anthony J. Nocella III)
The Critical Animal Studies and Theory series for Lexington Books addresses human relations with other animals in the context of socio-political relations and economic systems of power... [T]he series links theory with practice for animal advocacy and a humane, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable world... Rejecting the notion that nonhuman animals do not have a voice, the series stresses that nonhuman animals do have agency, and thus argues for an animal standpoint.
Critical Animal Studies Book Series (Rodopi Press - Helena Pedersen and Vasile Stănescu)
Critical Animal Studies Book Series challenges animal studies and research exploitation of nonhuman animals, by linking theory to practice and practice to theory and emphasizing the immense importance of animal advocacy for a humane, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable world. Critical Animal Studies Book Series is interdisciplinary and intersectional with an emphasis on total liberation and freedom for all. This Series was designed to build up the common activist’s knowledge of animal liberation while at the same time appealing to academic specialists to address the important topic of animal liberation, rights, freedom, and advocacy.
Critical Perspectives on Animals
Animal Studies (Columbia University Press - Gary Francione & Gary Steiner)
The goals of this series are thus ambitious and urgent: to contribute to contemporary reflections on the basic terms and methods of critical inquiry, to do so by focusing on fundamental questions arising out of the relationships and confrontations between humans and nonhuman animals, and ultimately to enrich our appreciation of the nature and ethical significance of nonhuman animals by providing a forum for the interdisciplinary exploration of questions and problems that have traditionally been confined within narrowly circumscribed disciplinary boundaries.
Environmental Ethics & Philosophy (SUNY)
Human-Animal Studies (Brill - Kennneth Shapiro)
The purview of the book series includes any topic that allows exploration of the relation between human and nonhuman animals in any setting, contemporary or historical, from the perspective of various disciplines within both the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science) and humanities (e.g., history, literary criticism). Among the broad areas included are: 1. applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine, agriculture), 2. animals in the popular culture (entertainment, companion animals, animal symbolism), 3. wildlife and the environment, 4. socio-political movements, public policy and the law.
Posthumanities Series (U. Minnesota Press - Cary Wolf)
An interdisciplinary series that engages the changing shape of the humanities, Posthumanities investigates the many ways that the human has been entangled in complex relations with animals, the environment, and technology for which the theoretical and ethical understandings of humanism are no longer adequate.
Vegan Publishers [NEW]
Vegan Publishers was formed in 2013 with a mission to publish a range of books that promote social consciousness and awareness related to veganism. We are interested in publishing books for children and adults that focus on positive themes emphasizing respect for all living beings...including but not limited to food, emphasizing kindness, respect, compassion, and healthy living.
AK Press (Animal Rights)
Ashgate (Critical Food Studies - Michael Goodman)
Ashgate (Green Criminology - )
John Hopkins University Press (Animals, History, Culture - Harriet Ritvo)
Lantern Books (Animal Advocacy, Vegetarianism)
Purdue (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond - Alan Beck)
University of Illinois Press (Animal Rights)
________NOTABLE PROGRAMS________*See James Stanescu's list of CAS-friendly graduate programs (11/2011)
Brock University - Critical Animal Studies
Location: St. Catharine, Ontario, Canada
Faculty: Lauren Corman, John Sorenson
Degrees: Honors Sociology concentration, Critical Animal Studies Minor
Politics: Department Vegan Policy
Description: The Department of Sociology at Brock University is a leader in the new, rapidly-growing field of Critical Animal Studies. Brock was one of the first universities in Canada to offer courses on animals and society. Our range of courses is comprehensive and challenging... Emphasizing a social justice approach
informed by political economy and feminist analyses, we address the exploitation of animals within the context of interlocking systems of oppression.
Canisius College - Anthrozoology
Location: Buffalo, NY
Faculty: Paul Waladau
Degrees: Anthrozoology Masters, Minor
Description: Our program embraces the positive value of human-animal relations by focusing on the many benefits that accrue to humans by including animals in their lives. It also covers the benefits that are provided to animals by humans. It is an interdisciplinary field of study that includes scientific investigations, philosophical considerations, religious perspectives, animals in literature, and humane education. Our program also examines the intersection between animal protection and environmental protection: the special relationship that exists between two worldwide movements. Students can tailor their coursework and internships so that their own topics of interest can be explored in depth.
* NOTE: Former students at Canisius report being repressed for speaking out in the Anthrozoology program .
Colorado State University - Animality Studies
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Faculty: Philip Cafaro, Temple Grandin, Bernard Rollin
Description: an interdisciplinary, collaborative project that seeks to highlight the strengths of Colorado State University faculty and programs in relation to the cultural study of animals and animality.
Drury University - Animal Studies Minor [NEW]
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Description: The minor in animal studies seeks to provide students with a specialized, in-depth understanding of animals' lives and the intersection of their lives with humans, historically and in contemporary societies. This interdisciplinary minor is comprised of six courses including animal ethics (the foundational, team-taught, interdisciplinary course), animals and society, animal law, social movements, animals in literature, and an animal studies internship.
Eastern Kentucky University - Animal Studies
Location: Richmond, Kentucky
Faculty: Robert Mitchell
Degrees: Animal Studies BA
Description: Incorporating applied fields, science and the arts and humanities, EKU’s Animal Studies major “will provide students with a means to become knowledgeable about animals and their relationship with humans from diverse perspectives, and simultaneously experience and learn from a strong, traditional liberal arts education.”
Edge Hill University - Center for Human Animal Studies
Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK
Description: The Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) is an interdisciplinary forum for research and activities that engage with the complex material, ethical and symbolic relationships between humans and other animals... to examine how rethinking our relations with animals can create meaningful social, policy, environmental, ethical and cultural change
Humane Society University
Location: Washington D.C.
Faculty: Johnathon Balacombe, Marc Bekoff, Marion Copeland,
Degrees: Animal Policy and Advocacy, Animal Studies, Humane Leadership (BS or Grad Cert)
Description: Based in Washington, D.C., HSU's School of Arts and Sciences is the first higher education institution in the country licensed to provide Bachelor of Science degrees and Graduate Certificates in Animal Studies, Animal Policy and Advocacy, and Humane Leadership. Coursework is taught in online, hybrid, and traditional classroom formats. October 2010 marks the School of Arts and Sciences' one year anniversary. Currently the school has over 160 accepted students and is continuing work towards accreditation.
Lewis & Clark Law School - Center for Animal Law Studies
Location: Portland, Oregon
Degrees: J.D. specialization in animal law
Description: The Center for Animal Law Studies, in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, is an animal law think tank and the umbrella organization of the nation’s premier animal law program. We work to ensure the interests of animals are considered in the legal realm and to provide the best education to the next generation of animal law attorneys.
Michigan State University - Ecological and Cultural Studies Group
Location: East Lansing, Michigan
Faculty: Linda Kalof, Michael Nelson, Paul Thompson
Degrees: Animal studies graduate spezialization.
Description:The Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives.. provides graduate students with basic knowledge of relationships between humans and other animals and how they are linked together in a fragile biosphere... The graduate specialization is available as an elective for students who are enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University.
New York University - Animal Studies Initiative
Location: New York City, New York
Faculty: Dale Jamieson, Una Chaunhuri
Degrees: Animal studies minor.
Description:NYU's Animal Studies Initiative promotes and supports research and teaching in the emerging area of Animal Studies. It does so by administering an undergraduate minor in Animal Studies, supporting research and teaching, and sponsoring public events and workshops.
Queen's University - Animal in Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Ethics
Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Faculty: Will Kymlicka, Zipporah Weissberg
Description: In the burgeoning field of critical animal studies, Queen’s Philosophy is establishing a home for scholars focused on... bring[ing] ‘the animal question’ into the mainstream of academic research and public debate in Canada, focusing in particular on the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed
Tufts University - Center for Animals and Public Policy
Location: Medford/Sommerville, Massachusetts
Degrees: MS in Animals and Public Policy
Description: The Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) advances research, policy analysis, education and service pertaining to the important roles animals play in society, and explores the ethical implications of the human-animal relationship... The MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program was established in 1995. Students in this intensive program explore the historical, philosophical, scientific, cultural, legal and political underpinnings of contemporary human-animal relationships.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - Master's Degree in Animal Law and Society
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Description: The master in Animal Law and Society is a professional specialisation programme which aims to train experts in animal-related professions. It is based on a comparative law perspective, while bearing in mind the needs of society as a whole... The master is highly interdisciplinary and seeks to provide integrated training in the knowledge of animals in the fields of law, ethology, nutrition and welfare, ethical dimensions, artistic representations and entertainment, organisation and social responsibility.
University of Canteberry - New Zealand Center for Human-Animal Studies
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Faculty: Annie Potts, Philip Armstrong
Description: NZCHAS brings together scholars from the humanities and social sciences whose research is concerned with the conceptual and material treatment of nonhuman animals in culture, society and history.
University of Oxford - Centre for Animal Ethics
Location: Oxford, NSW, Australia
Faculty: Andrew Lindzey
Description: We want to put ethical concern for animals on the intellectual agenda, and contribute to an enlightened public debate about animals... Our aim is to create a world-wide association of academics from all disciplines who want to pioneer ethical perspectives on animals. We intend to create a new intellectual force – a select Fellowship – composed of accomplished academics able to make the ethical case for animals.
University of Sydney- HARN: Human Animal Research Network
Location: Sydney, England, UK
Faculty: Dinesh Wadiwell
Description: The Human Animal Research Network (HARN) at the University of Sydney is an interdisciplinary and cross-Faculty research group... HARN aims to promote cross-disciplinary dialogue within the university and between the university and community groups, international human animal studies organizations and other Australian University based organizations.
University of Wales Trinity Saints David - Anthrozoology
Location: Lampeter, South West Wales, UK
Degree: MA in Anthrozoology
Description: The MA in Anthrozoology will be of interest to anyone who would like to investigate the many and varied ways in which humans perceive, engage, compete and co-exist with non-human animals in a range of cultural contexts.
University of Washington - Animal Studies Working Group
Location: Seattle, Washington
Description:The Animal Studies Working Group is a collaboration of students, faculty members and staff at the University of Washington. Our mission is to expand, enrich, and create new spaces for the public discussion over the place of non-human animals in society. Though our group is located at the UW and committed to bringing animal-related questions to various units across campus, we have a broad notion of community which guides our efforts to develop connections with community organizations, activists, and intellectuals.
University of Western Australia - Australian Animal Studies Group
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Description: To activate a community of animal studies scholars, scientists, creative artists and animal advocates. To encourage cross-national and disciplinary exchange and, more particularly, to promote work that has animals and human-animal relations in Australia as a focus... For animals and their relationships with humans and environments to be at the forefront of humane and rigorous scholarly, scientific and artistic enquiry. And for this cross-disciplinary intellectual and creative work to inform and infiltrate the treatment and understanding of animals in national, state and local educational institutions, industries and decision making forums.
University of Würzburg - Cultural and Literary Animal Studies
Location: Würzburg, Germany
Description: Cultural and Literary Animal Studies (CLAS) assembles research disciplines as different and distinct as Philosophy, History, Art History, Film Studies, Literary Studies, the History of Science, Cultural Studies, Biology, Psychology, Anthropology, Geography, Sociology, and Jurisprudence. The “Würzburg Summer School for Cultural and Literary Animal Studies” brings together the relevant questions from these fields and maps the historical and systematic position of animals in our culture in the form of three consecutive annual themes, designed to build up on one another while still defining their unique and independent focal points.
Uppsala University - HumAnimal Group, Nordic Animal Studies Network
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Description: The HumAnimal group currently represent a vast diversity of disciplines and perspectives, from evolutionary biology, through sociology and pedagogy, to art history and philosophy.
Valpariso University - Humane EducationLocation: Valparaiso, Indiana
Degree: MA and Grad Certificate
Description: Humane Education is a unified course of study that explores the connections between human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection and provides learners with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to become conscientious and engaged citizens for a healthy, just, and humane world
Location: Middletown, CT
Faculty: Lori Gruen, Kari Weil
________ONLINE RESOURCES________Articles, Interviews, Magazines, and News
The Animals' Agenda
Animal People News
ANIMAL PEOPLE is the leading independent newspaper providing original investigative coverage of animal protection worldwide. With thousands of items on hand, the ANIMAL PEOPLE website is one of the largest repository of articles on animal issues on the Internet, and all topics that affect animals are covered. Founded in 1992, ANIMAL PEOPLE has no alignment or affiliation with any other entity.
Animal Rights Zone
ARZone exists to help educate vegans and non-vegans alike about the obligations human beings have toward all other animals. By providing a space for a variety of blog posts, forum discussions, notes, videos and more, ARZone fosters a sense of community among its members. Through live online chats with a diversity of people who work both within and outside of the animal advocacy community, ARZone supports respectful and rational discourse and intelligent dialogue about the most pressing issues facing us today.
The Animals Voice is an independent online resource and print magazine for helping animals and the people who defend them. We are an award-winning networking source of recent media coverage, timely information, and an incalculable volume of resources for animals and their defenders. We feature the latest animal rights news, multimedia, calendar, victories, thought-provoking and inspirational editorial, graphic and compelling photography, and in-depth investigative reports.
Animal Rights History
As a free online library, literary research resource, animal rights-humane history timeline and primary source historical literature archive, AnimalRightsHistory.Org promotes and facilitates: access to information, humane education, literary research and the preservation of historical literature on animal rights, animal welfare, and protection of animals.
Animal Studies Bibliography (MSU - Kalof, Bryany, Fitzgerald)
This bibliography is an ongoing project of the Animal Studies Program at Michigan State University.
Institutes and Organizations
Animals and Society Institute
The Animals and Society Institute is a nonprofit, independent research and educational organization that advances the status of animals in public policy, and promotes the study of human-animal relationships. The ASI seeks to advance institutional change for animals by helping to establish the moral and legal rights fundamental to a just, compassionate and peaceful society.
Australian Animal Studies Group (Bulletins, links)
To activate a community of animal studies scholars, scientists, creative artists and animal advocates. To encourage cross-national and disciplinary exchange and, more particularly, to promote work that has animals and human-animal relations in Australia as a focus... For animals and their relationships with humans and environments to be at the forefront of humane and rigorous scholarly, scientific and artistic enquiry. And for this cross-disciplinary intellectual and creative work to inform and infiltrate the treatment and understanding of animals in national, state and local educational institutions, industries and decision making forums.
H-Animal Discussion Network (MSU)
H-Animal aims to serve as an on-line home for the growing number of scholars across disciplines who are engaged on the study of animals in human culture.
Institute for Critical Animal Studies
The Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) founded in 2001, is the first interdisciplinary scholarly center in higher education dedicated to establishing and expanding the field of Critical Animal Studies (CAS).
International Society for Anthrozoology
The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) was formed in 1991 as a supportive organization for the scientific and scholarly study of human-animal interactions. ISAZ is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization with a worldwide, multi-disciplinary membership of students, scholars and interested professionals.
Minding Animals International
Minding Animals International (MAI) provides an avenue for the transdisciplinary field of Animal Studies to be more responsive to the protection of animals... As such, MAI facilitates research in Animal Studies as a conduit of non-governmental politics and action. MAI acts as a bridge between academia and advocacy and is a network of more than 2,500 academics, artists, activists and advocates, dedicated to the study and protection of all planetary life through the advancement of Animal Studies.
Conflict Gypsy is an online archive preserving the history of protest movements for animal rights and environmentalism. Its owners, contributors, and designers are not responsible for actions taken by third parties which may be harmful or unlawful to the individuals or entities named in archived publications. This web site is provided for the purpose of historical research and analysis, and is not intended to incite, encourage, or condone any criminal action on the part of its readers.
Research in Effective Advocacy [NEW]
Effective Animal Activism
Effective Animal Activism is an online resource and international community for people who are dedicated to reducing the suffering of animals... [W]e examine the effectiveness of different animal charities. [w]e present the strong arguments in favor of helping animals. [W] e explore how to make effective animal activism part of one’s life...Join us today to begin networking with other members, and sign up for our monthly emails so you can stay updated on the most current ways to be an effective animal advocate.
Humane Spot (Humane Research Council)
The Humane Research Council empowers animal advocates with access to the research, analysis, and strategies that maximize their effectiveness to reduce animal suffering. We provide discount consulting services, written reports, presentations, and other resources exclusively for animal advocates, including many tools for smaller groups and individuals... Humane Thinking is the official blog of the Humane Research Council, where our experts provide thoughts on the latest data and trends relating to animal advocacy. All of our readers are invited (and encouraged) to join the conversation and share comments with other advocates.
Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, Inc.
[Kimmela] empowers animal advocacy by connecting it with science and scholarship in order to transform attitudes and behavior toward other animals. Promotes the inclusion of animal advocacy in mainstream academic and cultural circles. Cultivates a new generation of scholar-advocates for animals.