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About Leslie Irvine, PhD

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.

Positions

2015 - Present Content Contributor, The Animal Studies Repository
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2014 - Present Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder ‐ Department of Sociology
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2004 - 2014 Associate Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder ‐ Department of Sociology
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1998 - 2004 Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder ‐ Department of Sociology
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1997 - 1998 Field Researcher, Hartford Seminary ‐ Center for Social and Religious Research
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1996 - 1998 Visiting Lecturer and Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University ‐ Department of Sociology
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2016 The Social Self and Everyday Life: Understanding the World through Symbolic Interactionism
Dean's Fund for Excellence
2016 The Value of Pets to Public and Private Health and Well-Being
American Veterinary Medical Association
2010 Life Histories of Homeless People and Their Pets
LEAP
2010 Life Histories of Homeless People and Their Pets
Dean's Fund for Excellence
2007 Young People’s Interactions with Livestock in 4H Programs
Dean's Fund for Excellence
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, American Sociological Association
Present Member, International Society for Anthrozoölogy
Present Member, Minding Animals International
Present Member, Society for the Study of Social Problems
Present Member, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
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Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Leadership and Service Award, Boulder Faculty Assembly
  • Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
  • Cecil H. and Ida Green Honors Chair, Texas Christian University
  • Finalist, Colorado Book Awards for My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals
  • Bronze Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards for My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals

Courses

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

Education

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1997 PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook ‐ Department of Sociology
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1992 MA, Florida Atlantic University ‐ Department of Sociology
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1990 BA, Florida Atlantic University ‐ Department of Art
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Recent Works (4)

Research Works (12)