American Sociological Association

Animals and Society

The purpose of the Section on Animals and Society is to encourage and support the development of theory, research and teaching about the complex relationships that exist between humans and other animals. In the process, it is anticipated that the light we shed on these issues will increase the well-being of both humans and other animals.

Section Officers & Council


Chair: Richard York, University of Oregon 2019
Chair-Elect: Corey Lee Wrenn, Monmouth University 2019
Past Chair: Elizabeth Grauerholz, University of Central Florida 2019
Section Secretary/Treasurer: Stephen Patrick Vrla, Michigan State University 2021
Student Representative: Elizabeth Kathryn Barna, Vanderbilt University 2019

Section Council

Erin Nicole Kidder, University of Central Florida 2019
Christena Nippert-Eng, IUBloomington (SOIC) 2019
Brett Clark, University of Utah 2020
Thomas M. Dietz, Michigan State University 2020
Andrea Laurent-Simpson, Southern Methodist University 2021
Cameron Thomas Whitley, Rutgers University-Camden 2021

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