American Sociological Association

Section on Animals and Society

Officers and Council Members of the ASA Section on Animals and Society Section

Officers 2015-2016

Michelle Marie Proctor
Madonna University
Michelle Proctor is Professor of Sociology and Director of Humane Studies.

Secretary Treasurer
Ryan Gunderson
Miami University
Ryan Gunderson is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice Studies at Miami University. His research interests are Environmental Sociology, Social Theory, Political Economy, Animal Studies, Sociology of Consumption and Sociology of Technology.


Council Members

Jennifer Sinski
University of Louisville (2016)
Jennifer Sinski is a graduate teaching assistant in the Sociology Department of University of Louisville where she is currently working on her doctorate in Applied Sociology. As part of an internship requirement for her program, Jennifer is writing and researching for The Bark magazine where her article "State of Sheltering" appeared in the Fall 2013 issue. Current research includes Gender and Leadership in Animal Sheltering Organizations, and a statewide survey of animal shelters in Kentucky. In previous research Jennifer co-authored "Swinging in America: Love, Sex and Marriage in the 21st Century. Diane C. Bates, The College of New Jersey (2017) Diane Bates is Professor of Sociology at The University of New Jersey. Her research interests are primarily in environmental sociology. She has published multiple articles that document the social impacts of environmental change in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and on environmental controversies in New Jersey.

Cameron T. Whitley
Michigan State University (2017)
Cameron Whitley is a doctoral student at Michigan State University. His research interests include human -animal relationships and environmental attitudes.

Ivy Collier
Delaware SPCA (2015)
Ivy D. Collier is an animal advocate guided by the belief that no animal should be abused or neglected. She is currently employed for the Delaware SPCA as the Director of Development, Marketing and Communications and has a history of volunteering for animal shelters and animal advocacy organizations. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology and a Masters of Public Affairs focusing on fundraising and nonprofit management. As an independent researcher, her interests focus on Human-Animal studies with a specific lens on companion animals in regards to popular culture, public policy, No Kill Movement, shelter management & the Five Freedoms. She is a council member of the American Sociological Association's Animals & Society section, a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and contributes to the Faunalytics (formerly Humane Resource Council) Humane Spot blog and the Human- Animal Studies Images and Cinema blogs for the Animals and Society Institute.

Laurent Cilia 
Student Representative
University of Colorado at Boulder (2018)
Laurent Cilia is a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research interests include symbolic Interactionism, Human-Animal Studies, Sociology Of Deviance, Close relationships, Tattoos, Sociology, Environmental Sustainability, Beekeeping, and Cultural Sociology.


Student Representative

Elizabeth K Barna
Vanderbilt University

Elizabeth Barna is a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University, where her research interests include Culture, Social Stratification, Social Movements, Human-Animal Studies, and Work.  Her Master's research examined coworker and human-animal relationships and meaning-making among caregivers at a sanctuary for farmed animals.  Elizabeth's current research examines the role of cultural representations in maintaining or challenging systems of inequality.  This includes a project with Dr. Laura Carpenter on representations of female thoroughbred racehorses in sports and popular media.  Elizabeth shares her home with two senior dogs, who are loyal and uplifting companions on her research adventures."


Social Media Administrator

Justin Goodman
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


Newsletter Editor

Ivy Collier
Delaware SPCA (2015)



Dr. Corey Lee Wrenn
Monmouth University


Past Chairs

Dr. Lisa Jean Moore
Purchase College, State University of New York 
Lisa Jean Moore is a Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York
She has written about urban beekeeping, horseshoe crabs, and human sperm. 

Colter Ellis
Montana State University
Colter Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Montana State University. His research interests are animal agriculture, gender, environmental and natural resource sociology.