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About Leslie Irvine, Ph.D.

Leslie Irvine is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research focuses on the roles of animals in society. In her book, My Dog Always Eats First, she examined homeless people’s relationships with animals. Her other books include Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters, based on her work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and If You Tame Me: Understanding our Connection with Animals, which received the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Animals & Society Section of the American Sociological Association. Primarily a social psychologist, her research areas (in addition to human-animal studies) include the self, the emotions, and gender. Her work has appeared in Anthrozoos, Qualitative Sociology, The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, The Sociological Quarterly, Society & Animals, Social Problems, Gender & Society, and Symbolic Interaction, as well as in edited volumes. She is also the author of Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group (1999, University of Chicago Press). Her methodological specialties are ethnographic fieldwork, interviewing, and narrative analysis.


Present Content Contributor, The Animal Studies Repository
Present Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Section on Animals and Society, American Sociological Association
  • Humanitarian Award from Humane Society of Boulder Valley
  • Marinus Smith Teaching Award from the University of Colorado Parents Association
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate Students, Department of Sociology
  • The Herbert Blumer Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, for “Story-driven: Autobiographical Occasions and the Case for the Narrative Study of the Self”


  • The Self in Modern Society
  • Animals and Society
  • Social Psychology
  • Graduate Seminar in Social Psychology


August 1992 - May 1997 Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook ‐ Sociology
August 1990 - May 1992 M.A., Florida Atlantic University ‐ Sociology

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