Faculty in the Animal Studies Graduate Specialization


Linda Kalof
Director and Founder
Department: Sociology
E-mail: LKalof@msu.edu
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Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology and founder of MSU's interdisciplinary graduate specialization in Animal Studies. She studies the cultural representations of humans and other animals and the links between culture and nature. She has published more than 40 articles and book chapters and ten books including Making Animal Meaning (MSU Press, 2011), 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). Her current projects include The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies (forthcoming 2015) and a two-year commitment of service on the National Academy of Sciences NRC Committee to review the federally-funded wild horse & burro management program. She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in the World.


David Favre David Favre
Department: College of Law
E-mail: 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.

Scout Calvert
Department: Sociology
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Scout Calvert serves 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. Scout’s current research is on the social and material lives of data and information infrastructures, in several sites of practice, including the genealogical information sector, cattle breeding, and food safety and quality standards. She is investigating the curation and use of pedigree databases and genetic information as retrospective ideological activities in family history communities, where the use of direct-to-consumer genetic testing has proliferated. These pedigree practices are also present in livestock pure-breeding worlds, where Scout studies the role of reproductive technologies, voluntary standards, and breed regulation in the production of what Harriet Ritvo calls the “rhetorical animal.” Scout is also a participant in the Michigan Food and Agriculture Working Group, an interdisciplinary partnership between Michigan’s major universities to create a safe, just, and sustainable food system.

Thomas Dietz
Department: Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy Program
E-mail: 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.


Ryan Gunderson
Department: Sociology
E-mail: rgunder@msu.edu
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Ryan Gunderson is a fixed-term Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. In Fall 2015, he will begin a tenure-track assistant professor position at Miami University in Ohio, where he will be teaching animal studies courses for the social justice major in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology. He earned his PhD in Sociology with Specializations in Animal Studies, Environmental Science & Policy, and Gender, Justice, & Environmental Change from MSU in May 2014. His dissertation is 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 with colleagues. He has published in Critical Sociology, Organization & Environment, Sociologia Ruralis, Telos, and other journals.


Meredith Gore
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife and School of Criminal Justice
E-mail: gorem@msu.edu
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Meredith Gore is an Assistant 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.


Georgina Montgomery Georgina Montgomery
Department: Lyman Briggs College, History
E-mail: 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.


Diana Stuart Diana Stuart
Department: Sociology and Kellogg Biological Station
E-mail: dstuart@msu.edu
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Diana Stuart is an Assistant Professor with a joint assignment in the Sociology Department and at the Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University. In the past she has studied wildlife ecology, but now focuses on social perspectives and behaviors regarding wildlife and domesticated animals in agricultural settings. Dr. Stuart has explored farmers' perspectives about wildlife on farmland and how farmland may serve as valuable wildlife habitat. Dr. Stuart is currently exploring dairy production in Michigan and how new practices may impact animal welfare, environmental quality, and producer livelihoods. While her work is theoretically grounded in political economy and science studies, she uses mixed social science methods to empirically explore relationships between humans and animals in agricultural settings.


Carl Taylor Carl S. Taylor
Department: Sociology
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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
Department: Philosophy
E-mail: 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
Department: Community Sustainability and Director of the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment
E-mail: 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
Department: Philosophy
E-mail: 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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