Faculty in the Animal Studies Graduate Specialization

Linda Kalof, Director and Founder
Affiliation: Department of Sociology
Email: LKalof@msu.edu
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Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology, Professor of Community Sustainability and founder of MSU's interdisciplinary graduate specialization in Animal Studies. She has published widely in animal studies, including Making Animal Meaning, Looking at Animals in Human History, A Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity, The Animals Reader, Essentials of Social Research, and a reader in Environmental Values. She was a General Editor for Berg's six-volume series A Cultural History of Animals (winner of the 2008 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title) and she currently editsThe Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies (Oxford University Press) and The Animal Turn (Michigan State University Press).  She has served on the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council Committee’s review of the US wild horse and burro management program and the Advisory Boards of the National Museum of Animals and Society, the Detroit Center for Zoo Animal Welfare and the Dama International Project.  Her current research project focuses on the illustration of animals in popular science and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

David Favre David Favre, Co-Founder
Affiliation: College of Law
Email: favre@msu.edu
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David Favre was a practicing attorney in Virginia, prior to joining the Law College faculty in 1976. He has written several articles and books dealing with animal issues including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. His books include Animal Law and Dog Behavior, Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights, and International Trade in Endangered Species. He also has presented to international audiences on these topics. He is a national officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and of the ABA Committee on Animal Law. He served as interim dean of the Law College from 1993 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2000. He teaches Property, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, and Animal Law.

Thomas Dietz
Affiliation: Department of Sociology; Environmental Science and Policy Program
Email: tdietz@msu.edu
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Thomas Dietz is a Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy and Assistant Vice President for Environmental Research at Michigan State University. He has served on numerous U.S. National Research Council committees and has been active in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has won the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. He has worked extensively in areas such as climate change and coupled human and natural systems. That work underpins his interests in animals and society. His research interests include evolutionary perspectives on cultural change and on the relationship between humans and other animal species, the social psychology of animal concern and the political economy of other animals in human society.

Meredith Gore
Affiliation: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; School of Criminal Justice
Email: gorem@msu.edu
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Meredith Gore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University, a MS in Environment and Resource Policy from The George Washington University, and a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University. Her research, teaching, and outreach are currently focused on understanding human relationships with biodiversity; environmental risk communication; wildlife crime; and community-based natural resource management. Recent research includes calibrating a theory of conservation criminology, exploring vulnerability and perception of risk associated with human-wildlife conflict in Namibia, exploring the conservation ethics associated with gray wolf management in Michigan; fostering co-conservation of lemurs and livelihoods in Madagascar; and a comparative critique of risk frames in media coverage about white sharks in the US and Australia.

Jennifer Kelly

Jennifer Kelly
Affiliation: Department of Sociology
Email: kellyj24@msu.edu
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Jennifer Kelly is a fixed-term Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. She earned a PhD in Sociology with Specializations in Animal Studies and Environmental Science & Policy from MSU in Spring 2015. She studies environmental sociology focusing on the relationship that humans have with the living world. With an interdisciplinary background her scholarship and views on the nature society divide have embraced a holistic approach. As such, her interests have taken on an experiential dimension, that is, where nature and wildlife interface most vividly with humans. This is revealed in a broad range of areas from an individual’s encounter with the portrait of a wild animal, to exploring the role of experiential education that is centered on the student immersion into a natural environment, to the hunting of wildlife, a relationship that has been portrayed both as an act of love and kill.

Georgina Montgomery Georgina Montgomery
Affiliation: Lyman Briggs College; Department of History
Email: montg165@msu.edu
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Georgina Montgomery received her PhD in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota in 2005. After teaching for two years at Montana State University, Dr. Montgomery joined Lyman Briggs College (75% appointment) and History (25% appointment) in the fall of 2008. Her research focuses on the history of field science, particularly the development of field methods and sites within primatology and animal behavior studies. Primatology is a transnational science and thus her research also analyzes issues concerning race, gender and globalization. She is an award-winning educator with teaching awards from the University of Minnesota and the Humane Society of the United States. In 2008-2009 she will be teaching LBC 332: Technology and Culture and LBC 133: Introduction to the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science. Dr. Montgomery will also teach Hist 110: Animal Histories in the Department of History. Her courses explore fundamental and often controversial topics in science and society and integrate experiential learning whenever possible. In the spring of 2009, for example, her animal histories course will include field trips to animal-related places on and off campus.

Carl Taylor Carl S. Taylor
Affiliation: Department of Sociology
Email: taylor36@msu.edu
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Carl S. Taylor, PhD is a professor in the Department of Sociology, a Senior Fellow in University Outreach and Engagement and a MSU Extension Specialist at Michigan State University. Carl has extensive experience in field research aimed at the reduction of violence involving American youth. He has worked with communities, foundations and government agencies in understanding gangs, youth culture, and violence. Some of the organizations include the Guggenheim Foundation, the C. S. Mott Foundation, the FBI Academy , and the Children's Defense Fund. Additionally, he serves as the principal investigator for the Michigan Gang Research Project. Carl conducted the spring 2010 animal studies seminar on the social problem of dogfighting.

Paul Thompson Paul Thompson
Affiliation: Department of Philosophy
Email: thomp649@msu.edu
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Paul Thompson is the author of The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics; The Ethics of Aid and Trade; Food Biotechnology in Ethical Perspective, and co-editor of The Agrarian Roots of Pragmatism. He has served on many national and international committees on agricultural biotechnology and contributed to the National Research Council report The Environmental Effects of Transgenic Plants. He is a Past President of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society and the Society for Philosophy and Technology, and is Secretary of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. He has continuing interests in environmental and agricultural ethics.

Laurie Thorp Laurie Thorp
Affiliation: Department of Community Sustainability; Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment
Email: thorpl@msu.edu
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Laurie Thorp's most recent efforts have focused on getting pigs out of concrete confinement to live on MSU pasture at the Student Organic Farm.

Kyle Whyte
Affiliation: Department of Philosophy
Email: kwhyte@msu.edu
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Kyle Whyte holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University and is a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration. His primary research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee, Oklahoma. His articles have appeared in journals such as Climatic Change, Environmental Justice, Hypatia, Ecological Processes, Synthese, Human Ecology, Journal of Global Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics, Ethics, Policy & Environment, and Ethics & the Environment.

Kyle's work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Climate Science Center, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program and Spencer Foundation. He is involved in Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup, Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, Everybody Eats: Cultivating Food Democracy, Humanities for the Environmentthe Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Indigenous Philosophers. He is affiliated faculty at Michigan State for Peace and Justice Studies, Environmental Science and Policy, the Center for Regional Food Systems, Animal Studies and American Indian Studies.


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Scout Calvert
Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles
Email: scoutcalvert@windloochie.net
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Scout Calvert is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Council on Library an Information Resources at UCLA. She has served as Adjunct Faculty in Sociology, affiliated with the Animal Studies Graduate Program and the Center for the Study of Standards in Society. She developed a post-structuralist feminist analysis of library and information science epistemology and classification systems while earning her PhD in History of Consciousness at UC, Santa Cruz, working with Donna Haraway.


Antoine Doré
Affiliation: Department of Sociology
Email: adore@msu.edu
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Antoine Doré is a researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). He holds a PhD in Sociology from Sciences Po – Paris Institute of Political Studies and a PhD in Environmental Science & Management from ULg University of Liège. Dr. Doré’s research is set on the management and government of life, specifically on the agricultural and environmental sector.  His main area of interest as well as academic expertise covers the area of Science and Technology Studies, Organization Studies, Sociological studies of human/animal relationships, Infrastructure Studies, Biopolitics as well as Mapping and interpreting controversies. He has conducted research on politics of nature (in the controversial management of wolf population), organization and governance of risk (in the management of Desert Locust Outbreaks in West Africa), “systems of professions” in the social worlds of livestock production (professional identities in dairy cattle sector). He is currently conducting research about the organization of animal genetic resources and the genomic selection.

Ryan Gunderson
Affiliation: Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Miami University
Email: rgunder@msu.edu
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Ryan Gunderson is a tenure-track assistant professor at Miami University, where he teaches animal studies courses for the social justice major in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology. He served as a fixed-term Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University from Fall 2014 to Spring 2015. He earned a PhD in Sociology with Specializations in Animal Studies, Environmental Science & Policy, and Gender, Justice, & Environmental Change from MSU in Fall 2014. His dissertation was a systematic analysis of the works of the first-generation Frankfurt School to document how early critical theory can conceptually and theoretically inform sociological examinations of human-nature relations, including human-animal relations. He has researched the social, environmental, and animal welfare consequences of intensive livestock production from a Marxist perspective. Currently, he is pursuing a critical sociological examination of geoengineering. He has published in Critical Sociology, Organization & Environment, Sociologia Ruralis, Telos, and other journals.

Allie Phillips
Affiliation: Director, National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse
Email: allie@alliephillips.com
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Allie Phillips is a nationally recognized author, attorney, and advocate for animals and vulnerable victims and was honored as one of the Top Animal Defenders of 2015. She is a legal expert on the linkage between violence to animals and people, therapy animals helping crime victims, sheltering pets of domestic violence, human-animal interactions, and pound seizure (shelter animals used in research). She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Maryland and has significant criminal prosecution trial experience as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Michigan. She developed and managed national initiatives including creating the first written guidelines on housing pets at family violence shelters (Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)™ and Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK)™ Programs). In 2011, Ms. Phillips rejoined NDAA to launch the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse to raise awareness of how animal abuse co-occurs with other crimes. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, by the Associated Press, and in The Washington Post, USA Today, Denver Post, Cat Fancy Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine (Canada), Colorado Public Radio, Washington Public Radio, and national animal radio talk shows.


Pamela Smith
Affiliation: Department of Sociology
Email: smithpr@msu.edu
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Pamela R. Smith is a Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Dr. Smith leads the field research for the Detroit Urban Research Project. Animal welfare has been part of the overall focus as she investigates the complexity of poverty, crime, and education for the residents in post industrial Detroit. Dr. Smith has found that many former family pets have been abandoned, living in abandoned neighborhoods. Her work has involved girls, juveniles, youth gangs, and families. Dr. Smith has published in academic journals, book chapters and books. She has worked closely over the past decade with a host of community activist, educators, and urban researchers.



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