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Jonathan L. Clark

With a background in biology, environmental law, and sociology, Dr. Clark has always been more interested in questions than in disciplines. In his teaching and research, he focuses on one of the most important questions we face: What does it mean to be human, and how should we live our lives, in a more-than-human world? Dr. Clark’s research is situated at the intersection of two interdisciplinary fields: animal studies and the environmental humanities. His current research project, “Moving through a More-than-Human World,” focuses on the topic of roadkill.

In 2018, Dr. Clark received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. 

Title

Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair

Department

Anthropology & Sociology

Degrees

  • BS in biology, Penn State Behrend
  • JD, Washington & Lee
  • PhD in rural sociology, Penn State

Teaching

Animals & Society 

Environmental Justice

Research Interests

Animal Studies
Environmental Humanities 

Recent Work

Clark, Jonathan L. “Consider the Vulture: An Ethical Approach to Roadkill.” Discard Studies (blog). December 4, 2017. https://discardstudies.com/2017/12/04/consider-the-vulture-an-ethical-approach-to-roadkill/

Clark, Jonathan L. “Which Animals Do We Study?” Animals in Society Working Group (blog). June 27, 2016. https://animalsinsocietygroup.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/series-why-animal-studies-with-jonathan-l-clark/

Clark, Jonathan L. “Uncharismatic Invasives.” Environmental Humanities 6, no.1 (May 2015): 29-52. https://doi.org/10.1215/22011919-3615889

For additional work see Dr. Clark’s Humanities Commons Website.