American Sociological Association

Section on Animals and Society

Animals Section Scholarship Awards


Please find below our announcements for our 2018 section awards, along with a description of the 2017 and 2016 winners.  Consider nominating yourself and/or other folks you know who are engaging in top-notch scholarship and teaching in animals and society. We currently offer three awards: Jane Goodall Award for Graduate Student Scholarship, Award for Distinguished Scholarship, and The Clifton Bryant Animals & Society Course Award.

  • Eligibility: Nominees must be members of the American Sociological Association and the Section on Animals & Society.
  • Awards for 2017 season have closed


Jane Goodall Award for Graduate Student Scholarship

The Animals & Society section announces its 2017 Award for Jane Goodall Award for Graduate Student Scholarship. Papers may be empirical or theoretical, and they may address any aspect of animals and society. To be eligible, a paper must be authored by a current graduate student (or students). Unpublished and published papers, as well as those which have been presented at a professional meeting, are eligible. There is no page limit. The competition is open to section members and non-members.  When submitting your paper, please include a brief letter from your adviser certifying your graduate student status.

2017 Award Recipient
Caleb Scoville
Doctoral student at UC Berkeley
"Hydraulic Society and a 'Stupid Little Fish': Toward a Historical Ontology of the Nonhuman."

2016 Award Recipient
Andrea Laurent-Simpson
Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at Texas Women's University
“Extending Identity Theory: Parenting and Identity Formation in the Context of Human-Animal Relationships” 

Award for Distinguished Scholarship

The 2017 award will be given for distinguished scholarship in the form of an article to an author(s) whose work makes a significant empirical or theoretical contribution to the sociological understanding of animals and society. The work must have been published within the calendar years of 2015 or 2016.  To nominate an article (self-nominations are acceptable), please provide full bibliographic information (the author(s), year of publication, title of the the article, as well as a two page letter outlining why you believe this work is a substantial contribution to the field.

2017 Award Recipients
Betsie Garner and David Grazian
Doctoral Candidate and Associate Professor in Sociology at University of Pennsylvania
"Naturalizing Gender through Childhood Socialization Messages in a Zoo."

2016 Award Recipient
David Grazian
Associate Professor of Sociology and Graduate Chair, University of Pennsylvania
"American Zoo: A Sociological Safari"


The Clifton Bryant Animals & Society Course Award

The ASA Section on Animals & Society seeks nominations for the 2017 Award for Outstanding Course on Animals & Society. To place a name in nomination, please send a letter to the Awards Committee indicating the name of the nominee (self nominations are permitted), current curriculum vitae, a copy of the course syllabus and a discussion of the nominee’s distinguished contributions to undergraduate or graduate understandings of animals & society. Please indicate the mailing address, email address and telephone number where both you and the nominee may be contacted.

2017 Award Recipient
Jenny R. Vermilya
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Human Services at University of North Georgia

2016 Award Recipient
Keri Brandt
Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender/Women’s Studies at Fort Lewis College