Brill and the Animals & Society Institute are pleased to announce the winner of the fourth Early Career Research Prize. The prize is awarded annually for the best article published in Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. The purpose of the award is to encourage scholars to join the field and to assist them in obtaining additional exposure for their work. The winning article is announced in the journal and is made available in Open Access for no charge.


Eligible authors are doctoral students at the dissertation stage, students pursuing other terminal degrees (MSW, DVM, or JD), or early career scholars with no more than four years past their PhD or other terminal degree.

Selection Process

In December of each year, the managing editors of S&A select the article published in that year judged to make the most significant contribution to the field of Human-Animal Studies.

 And the Winner of the 2022 Prize Is …

Tiamat Warda for the article entitled, Dis/Ability: A Discussion on Creating More Accessible Employment for Assistance Dog Instructors with Disabilities, (published online ahead of print 2022).

The full text of the article is available in Open Access here.

Here is the abstract:

Disabled individuals can and do lead successful careers as assistance dog instructors. However, the international percentage of professional disabled instructors is significantly lower than their able-bodied colleagues. This paper takes an initial step in questioning the benefits and challenges of creating more accessible and inclusive career paths for disabled assistance dog instructors, hopefully acting as a springboard for future research, and initiating conversation within the assistance dog sector itself, as well. Some disabled individuals may have a disability, or combinations of more than one, which could challenge the welfare and wellbeing of the dogs they educate. Others may have a greater aptitude for educating assistance dogs and offering deeper empathy at times. This paper was inspired by the author’s six years working as a guide dog instructor. It questions what the implications of a disabled trainer’s career might be for the disabled individual, assistance dog, employer, and client.


Tiamat recently presented in one of our Colloquium Series events with a talk titled, The Role of Emotional Labour in Humane Interspecies Work. In this presentation, Tiamat offers an introduction to emotional labor as a central labor process done by guide dogs and the humans who educate them. View the recording of this presentation here.

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