Linda Kalof

Linda Kalof

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Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology and founder of the Michigan State University’s interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Animal Studies: Humanities & Social Science Perspectives ( She studies the cultural representations of animals and the links between culture and nature. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (Picturing Animals in National Geographic, Linda Kalof, Principal Investigator, NSF SES-1247824, $247,000). She has published more than 60 articles and book chapters and 12 books, most recently The Animals Reader, Second Edition (2022) and The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies (2017).

In addition to serving as a General Editor for the award-winning multi-volume A Cultural History of Animals (winner of the 2008 Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title), she also edits The Animal Turn book series for Michigan University Press, which has recently published Hats: A Very Unnatural History, by Malcolm Smith (2020), Spanish Thinking about Animals, edited by Margarita Carretero González (2020), Animal Resistance in the Global Capitalist Era, by Sarat Colling (2020), and two books forthcoming, The Inside Story: Animals, Mind and Matter (by Josephine Donovan) and Animals and Race, edited by Jonathan Thurston.