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Kalof, Linda

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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

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Linda Kalof

Professor of Sociology; Director of Animal Studies at MSU

Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology, Professor of Community Sustainability and Founding Director of MSU’s interdisciplinary graduate specialization in Animal Studies ( She has published more than 50 articles and book chapters and ten books including Making Animal Meaning (MSU Press, 2011), A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Middle Ages (Berg 2010), A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Renaissance (Berg 2010), Introduction to Social Statistics (Wiley/Blackwell, 2009), Essentials of Social Research (McGraw-Hill 2008), Looking at Animals in Human History (Reaktion 2007), A Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity (Berg 2007), The Animals Reader (Berg 2007), The Earthscan Reader in Environmental Values (Earthscan 2005), and Evaluating Social Science Research (Oxford University Press 1996).  She has served as General Editor for the multi-volume A Cultural History of Animals, A Cultural History of the Human Body, and A Cultural History of Women.  She is currently editor of The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies (Oxford University Press) and The Animal Turn (Michigan State University Press).  Kalof  has received two outstanding scholarship awards (the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title for A Cultural History of Animals and the ASA Outstanding Paper Award from the Animals & Society Section) and three outstanding teaching awards (State University of New York, George Mason University and Michigan State University). She has served on the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council Committee to review the US wild horse and burro management program; the Advisory Board for the Detroit Zoo’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare; the Steering Panel of the Dama International Project, University of Nottingham, UK, to examine the European fallow deer as a medium for understanding the evolution of European Society 6000 BC to AD 1600; and the Advisory Board of the National Museum of Animals & Society.  Her current research project focuses on illustrating animals in popular science and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

  • Visual Sociology
  • Animals & Society, Environmental Values

Areas of Specialization: Environment

Subareas: Animals, Culture

Recent Publications

Linda Kalof is part of the authoring committee for the recently released National Research Council's Committee to Review the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.  2013.  Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward.  Washington, DC:  National Academy Press.  978-0-309-26494-5.

Kalof, Linda and Georgina M. Montgomery (eds.) 2011. Making Animal Meaning. MSU Press

More Publications

Awards and Honors

Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, 2011

Featured Faculty Author, Michigan State University Library, 2011

Outstanding Paper Award, Animals & Society Section, American Sociological Association, 2010

Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title for A Cultural History of Animals, Six Volume Book Series, 2008 (Vol 1, Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity)

Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, 2008-2011

Faculty Recognition for Inspired Learning, Residence Life, Michigan State University, 2008

University Teaching Excellence Award, 2001, George Mason University

Outstanding Professor of the Year, 1995, Alpha Kappa Delta Honorary Society, SUNY Plattsburgh