Linda Kalof

Linda   Kalof
  • Professor
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD, The American University, 1989
  • 6G Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI, 48823
  • 517-355-6638


Linda Kalof


Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the graduate specialization in Animal Studies at Michigan State University.  Her research interests include the cultural representations of animals and the history of animal iconography which has been supported by the National Science Foundation.  She has served on the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council Review of the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Management Program and as a Panel Member for three Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panels on Human-Animal Interaction Research, R01, R21 and R03 Grant Reviews.  She has 10,000 citations on Google Scholar to her 56 articles and book chapters and her 12 books, including Looking at Animals in Human History (Reaktion 2007) and The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies (Oxford University Press, 2017). She is editor of The Animal Turn book series for MSU Press, and she is currently working on a second edition of The Animals Reader (Berg/Bloomsbury 2007).  


Her research interests include the cultural representations of animals and the history of animal iconography.


  • Animal Studies
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Perspectives
  • Department of Community Sustainability


Kalof, Linda. 2018. Cows in Human History. In Craig Blietz: Herd. West Bend, WI: Museum of Wisconsin Art. 

Kalof, Linda (ed.) 2017. The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Kalof, Linda, Cameron Whitley, Stephen Vrla and Jessica Bell Rizzolo.  2017. Anthropogenic Food Sources in the Co-existence of Humans with Liminal Animals in Northern Environments. In Tuomas Räsänen and Taina Syrjämaa (eds.), Shared Lives of Humans and Animals:  Animal Agency in the Global North, 147-162. New York: Routledge.

Kalof, Linda, Joe Zammit-Lucia, Jessica Bell and Gina Granter.  2016. Fostering Kinship with Animals: Animal Portraiture in Humane Education.  Environmental Education Research 22(2), 203-228. 

Kalof, Linda. 2015. Animal Images in Paleolithic Cave Art.  Actual Archaeology Spring 13, 26-35.

Kalof, Linda. 2015. The Shifting Iconography of Wolves over the 20th Century.  In Patrick Masium and Jana Sprenger (eds.), A Fairytale in Question: Historical Interactions Between Humans and Wolves, 203-228.  Isle of Harris, UK: White Horse Press. 

Kalof, Linda, Cameron Thomas Whitley and Jessica Bell. 2015.  Media Representations of Animals in Urban Canada. In Daniel Moorhead (ed.), Animals in Human Society: Amazing Creatures Who Share Our Planet, 105-126. Lanham, MD: UPA/Roman & Littlefield.