Whether you’re keeping warm in the Northern winter these holidays or enjoying a sun-soaked summer in the South, we’ve got your Human-Animal Studies booklist covered with the ASI team’s holiday reading recommendations!


george monbiot, feral: searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewildingFeral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding by George Monbiot

Recommended by Kenneth Shapiro, ASI Co-founder and President

“An important popularization of the shift in the environmental movement from the goal of establishing pristine land for wildlife to that of the reintroduction of wildlife into various settings, including cities. Under the rubric of “rewilding,” the shift is predicated on the realization that there really are longer environments untrammeled by some form of human presence.”


Dangerous CrossingsDangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age by Claire Jean Kim

Recommended by Liz Hirky, ASI Board Chair

“This book was highly recommended to me and I’m looking forward to getting into it over the holidays.”



Vegan EntanglementsVegan Entanglements: Dismantling Racial and Carceral Capitalism edited by Z. Zane McNeill

Recommended by Daniel Earle, ASI Managing Director

“This was my favorite HAS-related book of 2023. I would recommend this book for anyone who, like me, had not really stopped to consider that in our efforts to advocate for nonhuman animals we must be aware that we also have the power to cause considerable harm to other humans (especially BIPOC folx against whom the system is already rigged) via our deeply flawed carceral system. It reminded me once again of the difference between equitable justice versus a desire for vengeful punishment and erasure.”


Critical Ethology and Post-Anthropocentric Ethics: Beyond the Separation between Humanities and Life Sciences by Roberto Marchesini and Marco CelentanoCritical Ethology and Post-Anthropocentric Ethics: Beyond the Separation between Humanities and Life Sciences by Roberto Marchesini and Marco Celentano

Recommended by Gala Argent, ASI HAS Program Director

“My theory-geek self enjoys Marchesini’s work on animal sentience, subjectivity, and creativity. So I don’t doubt the book will deliver what it says it will: “a theoretical and methodological restructuring of the comparative study of animal behavior, learning, and cultures, focused on the fact that thought, culture, and language are not exclusively human.”


Shine a LightShine a Light: An inspirational true story of hope, resilience and rediscovering our shared humanity by Corrine Wilson (in conversation with Ingrid de Storie)

Recommended by Lisa Burnell, ASI Communications Manager

“One of my favorite books of 2023, and one that I find myself returning to over and over again. Written alongside the “The Mother Theresa of animals” in Cape Town, South Africa, this book will expose you to the devastating effects and consequences apartheid has caused, and continues to cause, on the entangled lives of so many human and nonhuman animals, leaving you with equal amounts of heartache and hope.”


Animal Crisis: A New Critical Theory, by Alice Crary and Lori GruenAnimal Crisis: A New Critical Theory by Alice Crary and Lori Gruen

Recommended by Thomas Aiello, ASI Board Director

“This book is a distillation of everything wrong with human-animal relations and how we need to frame those relations to think about animals properly and most beneficially. I’m not done with it yet, but it is definitely important.”



Dog KnowsDog Knows: Learning How to Learn from Dogs by Sindhoor Pangal

Recommended by Julie Iovine, ASI Board Director

“This is my plan for holiday reading! The book’s description explains that “Dog Knows navigates the journeys of several dogs, helping us decode the rich, complex social and emotional lives of dogs… Based on behavioural and ethological research, Sindhoor Pangal uses engaging anecdotes to delve into the ancient, deep and sometimes magical bond that dogs and humans share.”

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