Leslie Irvine, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Member, Animal Studies Department
Humane Society University
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Colorado at Boulder

Biographical Statement
Leslie Irvine, Ph.D. I use my training in sociology to help people understand the many roles of animals in society. I have studied relationships with companion animals, animal sheltering, human-animal play, selfhood among animals, and the feminization of veterinary medicine. My articles have appeared in Society & Animals, Anthrozoös, Gender & Society, Social Problems, and Symbolic Interaction. My 2004 book, If You Tame Me: Understanding our Connection with Animals (Temple University Press), received the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Animals & Society Section of the American Sociological Association. After Hurricane Katrina, I worked and conducted research at the facility that housed animals rescued from New Orleans. That experience formed the basis for my book, Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters (2009; Temple University Press). My most recent book, entitled My Dog Always Eats First, examines homeless people’s relationships with their companion animals. For over a decade, I have volunteered at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley walking dogs, assisting in the veterinary clinic, and helping wherever possible. In 2006, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley gave me with their highest honor, the Humanitarian Award.

HSU Activities

Courses Taught
AS602 Sociology of Animal Abuse

Areas of Interest/Research

  • Human-animal relationships
  • Animal sheltering
  • Animals and disasters

Ph.D. Department of Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1997
M.A. Department of Sociology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, 1992
B.A. (Art History) Department of Art, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, 1990
A.A. (Leslie Irvine Duncan) Palm Beach Junior College, Boca Raton, 1988

Professional Experience
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder. (2004—pres.)
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder. (1998–2004)
1997-98 Field Researcher, Hartford Seminary, Center for Social and Religious Research. Hartford CT.(1997–1998)
Visiting Lecturer and Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT.(1996–1998)

Personal Website: http://sociology.colorado.edu/people/Irvine-Leslie
See also: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=9NEaDMMAAAAJ

Email: lirvine@humanesocietyuniversity.org