Leslie I

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Leslie Irvine received her Ph.D. in sociology from The State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her research focuses on the roles of animals in society. At the graduate level, she teaches Sociological Theory, Qualitative Data Analysis, and Social Psychology. At the undergraduate level, she teaches Animals and Society and is the Director of the Animals and Society Certificate Program. She also teaches Classical Theory, and The Self in Modern Society. She is the recipient of the Excellence in Leadership and Service Award from the University of Colorado Boulder Faculty Assembly, the Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and the Marinus Smith Teaching Award from the University of Colorado Parents Association.

Leslie has authored a number of books, including My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and their Animals, Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters, If You Tame Me: Understanding our Connection with Animals and Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group. She is editor of The Self in Society and We are Best Friends: Animals in Society. She is co-author of The Social Self and Everyday Life: Understanding the World through Symbolic Interactionism, with Kathy Charmaz and Scott Harris, and the forthcoming second edition of Regarding Animals, with Arnold Arluke and Clinton R. Sanders. She is co-editor of Narrative Sociology, with Jennifer L. Pierce and Robert L. Zussman. She also edits Palgrave Macmillan’s Studies in Animals and Social Problems book series.

Leslie’s research on animal sheltering, animal abuse, animals in popular culture, animal selfhood, the feminization of veterinary medicine, and other topics has appeared in journals and edited volumes including The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies, Society & Animals, Anthrozoös, Gender & Society, Social Problems, The Sociological Quarterly, Qualitative Sociology, and Symbolic Interaction.