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Human-Animal Studies

Human-Animal Studies (HAS) is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that examines the complex and multidimensional relationships between humans and other animals. HAS comprises work in several disciplines in the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science) the humanities (history, literary criticism, philosophy, geography), and the natural sciences (ethology, veterinary medicine, animal welfare science, and comparative psychology).

The ASI provides leadership in the HAS field by working with scholars and other interested parties to develop programs, events and publications and other resources that expand the availability of courses and resources in institutions of higher learning. ASI established a committee of leading HAS scholars to focus on the institutional development of the field.

We have information specifically for faculty here, and information specifically for students here.


  • ASI is working to establish HAS minors, majors, programs and centers, and provides information and materials to professors who are interested in establishing such programs.
  • ASI is helping to facilitate discussion among HAS scholars. To that end, we host the HAS listserv for academics, students and others who wish to learn more about this emerging academic endeavor.
  • In 2007 ASI began an annual fellowship program for HAS scholars. This six-week summer residency program funds six to eight talented and accomplished academics who pursue independent research on selected topics, each with an assigned peer scholar. Since 2011, the fellowship is held at Wesleyan University in conjunction with Wesleyan Animal Studies.
  • In 2012, ASI and WAS began a new undergraduate paper prize competition, honoring the best undergraduate paper in human-animal studies.
  • In 2013, ASI and Humane Society University began offering the International Development Program Award, to help non-American universities to build human-animal studies programs in their own countries.
    International Development Project. The purpose of this competitive program is to provide one non-American university per year the resources to build its own human-animal studies program.

Scholar Services


  • ASI publishes the Human-Animal Studies Book Series, published by Brill, which includes many topics that allow exploration of the relationship between humans and nonhumans in any setting, contemporary or historical, from the perspective of various disciplines within the social sciences and humanities.
  • Margo DeMello, ASI’s Human-Animal Studies program director, published Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies across the Disciplines, an edited collection of fifteen essays covering the teaching of HAS in college classrooms, and Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies, a college textbook.
  • ASI’s two academic journals, Society & Animals (S&A) and the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, (JAAWS), offer in-depth and wide-ranging articles and reports that examine society’s complex relationship with animals. S&A publishes articles in the humanities and social sciences, while JAAWS (a joint project with the ASPCA) publishes articles and reports from the natural sciences.
  • ASI offers a number of policy papers, guidebooks, and other publications to help scholars interested in Human Animal Studies find information.

Web Resources

  • ASI offers resources for scholars on HASResource page, which includes syllabi, powerpoints, bibliographies, films, and more.
  • ASI has put together a comprehensive listing of courses being taught in HAS in North America, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Europe and Israel, as well as a listing of HAS degree programs around the world.
  • ASI has compiled a comprehensive page of links to organizations, Journals, university programs, and research centers in Human Animal Studies.
  • ASI has created two new blogs, HASImages and HASCinema, where you can find images and short videos, along with analysis, to use in your teaching