Society & Animals

Journal of Human-Animal Studies

Society & Animals publishes studies that describe and analyze our experiences of non-human animals 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). The journal specifically deals with subjects such as human-animal interactions in various settings (animal cruelty, the therapeutic uses of animals), the applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine and agriculture), the use of animals in popular culture (e.g. dog-fighting, circus, animal companion, animal research), attitudes toward animals as affected by different socializing agencies and strategies, representations of animals in literature, the history of the domestication of animals, the politics of animal welfare, and the constitution of the animal rights movement.

The goal of the journal is to stimulate and support the emerging multi-disciplinary field of animal studies, which consists, broadly, of investigations of the ways in which non-human animals figure in our lives. Although emphasizing empirically based studies, the journal also publishes theoretical analyses, literature reviews, methodological contributions, and comments on relevant topics. The editorial board consists of over thirty scholars, professionals (e.g. animal assisted therapists, shelter, zoo, wildlife personnel and etc.), policy makers, and animal advocates.

The Society & Animals is unique in the breadth of subjects covered, methods of papers published, and diversity of scholarly disciplines represented. It is also unique in its encouragement of data based discussion of ethical and policy issues in the current debate over the place of non-human animals in an increasingly human-centered world.

Web of Science Journal Citations Report for 2016 ranks Society & Animals with an Impact Factor of 0.39.

Sponsored by the Animals and Society Institute.
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Early Career Research Prize
Brill and the Animals and Society Institute are pleased to announce the Early Career Research Prize to be awarded annually for the best article published in Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. The winning article will be announced in the journal and will be available in Open Access for no charge.

Eligible authors must be a doctoral student at the dissertation stage or student pursuing other terminal degrees (MSW, DVM, or JD) or early career scholars no more than two years past the Ph.D. or other terminal degree.
(Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit papers to Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies).

Selection Process
In December of each year, the editors of S&A will select an article published in that year judged to make the most significant contribution to the literature in Human-Animal Studies.
Kenneth Shapiro, Animals and Society Institute, Human-Animal Studies

Managing Editors
William S. Lynn, Clark University, George Perkins Marsh Institute
Susan McHugh, University of New England, Department of English
Robert Mitchell, Eastern Kentucky University, Department of Psychology
Nicola Taylor, Flinders University, College of Humanities

Associate Editors
Christopher Bear, Cardiff University, School of Geography and Planning
Lynda Birke, University of Lancaster, Institute for Women’s Studies
Margo Demello, Canisius College, Anthrozoology
Erica Feuerbacher, Virginia Tech, Department of Animal and Poultry Science
John Hadley, Western Sydney University, School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Leslie Irvine, University of Colorado, Department of Sociology
Robert McKay, University of Sheffield, School of English
Mara Miele, Cardiff University, School of Geography and Planning
Brett Mizelle, California State University, Department of History
Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, University of Wisconsin, Environmental Studies
Kristin Stewart, Canisius College, Anthrozoology
Stephen Patrick Vrla, Detroit Zoological Society, Humane Education
Karl L. Wuensch, East Carolina University, Department of Psychology

Review Editors
Ralph Acampora, Hofstra University, Department of Philosophy
Sally Borrell, Independent Scholar, Literature
Katie Gillespie, University of Washington, Department of Geography
Pete Porter, Eastern Washington University, Department of Theatre and Film
Corey Wrenn, University of Kent, School of Social Policy

Board of Editors
Emma Alleyne (Kent, UK, Psychology), Sara Balcom (Maryland, Animal and Avian Sciences), Gordon Burghardt (Tennessee, Psychology), Josephine Donovan (Maine, Literature), Catherine Faver (Texas, Social Work), Clifton Flynn (South Carolina, Sociology), Carrrie Packwood Freeman (Georgia State, Communications), Erica Fudge (Middlesex University, Literature), Kathleen M. Heide (South Florida, Criminology), Bill Henry (State College of Denver, Psychology), Harold Herzog (Western Carolina, Psychology), Jennifer Jackman (Salem State, Political Science), Stephanie Jenkins (Oregon State, Philosophy), Hilda Kean (Greenwich, History), Lori Kogan (Colorado State, Psychology), Randy Malamud (Georgia, Literature), Lori Marino (Emory, Neuroscience), Garry Marvin (Southlands, Anthropology), Maureen O'Connor (Cork, Literature), Martyn Pickersgill (Edinburgh, Sociology of Science), Harriet Ritvo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History), Sandra Swart (Stellenbosch, History), Chris Wilbert (Anglia Ruskin, Geography), Rhoda M. Wilkie (Aberdeen, Sociology), Tzachi Zamir (Hebrew, Philosophy)

Senior Editor
Ann Casper

Editorial Assistant
Larissa Kahan