Linda Kalof


Linda Kalof

  • Title: Professor
  • Email:    Phone: 517-355-6638
  • Office: 6H Berkey Hall

Dr. Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the interdisciplinary doctoral specialization in Animal Studies ( She has published widely in animal studies, recently edited The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies (Oxford University Press, 2017) and is series editor for The Animal Turn book series (Michigan State University Press). She has received two outstanding scholarship awards (the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title for A Cultural History of Animals 2008 and the ASA Outstanding Paper Award from the Animals & Society Section 2010) 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 review of the US wild horse and burro management program, the National Institutes of Health Scientific Review panels on Animal Assisted Interventions and Human-Animal Interaction research, and was recently named an Annenberg PetSpace Fellow.  Her current research, illustrating animals in popular science, has received funding from the National Science Foundation.

Associated Programs: Director, Animal Studies Graduate Specialization: Humanities and Social Science Perspectives
Research Areas: Animal Studies, Environment
Selected Publications:

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, 147-162New York:  Routledge. 

Kalof, Linda. 2015. Animal Images in Paleolithic Cave Art. Actual Archaeology Spring, 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. 2014. Animal Blood Sport: A Ritual Display of Masculinity and Sexual Virility. Sociology of Sport Journal 31(4), 438-454.

National Research Council, 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. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

Kalof, Linda. 2007. Looking at Animals in Human History. London: Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press.

Kalof, Linda (ed.). 2007. A Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity. Oxford, UK: Berg/Palgrave. A 2008 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner

Kalof, Linda and Amy Fitzgerald (eds.). 2007. The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings. Oxford, UK: Berg/Palgrave.

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