Anthropology and Sociology

Photo of Jonathan L. Clark
Photo of Jonathan L. Clark

Jonathan L. Clark

With a background in biology, law, and sociology, Dr. Clark takes an interdisciplinary approach to the topics that interest him–namely technology, animals, nature, and the environment. To date his research has been situated at the intersection of two interdisciplinary fields: animal studies and the environmental humanities. When it comes to sociology, he’s especially interested in the work of Erving Goffman, Howie Becker, and Bruno Latour. Dr. Clark has taught a wide range of courses in sociology and environmental studies. In 2018 he received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.


Anthropology & Sociology


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


Animals & Society 

Environmental Justice

Thinking Sociologically

Using Social Theory

Research Interests

Animal Studies
Environmental Humanities 

Recent Work

Clark, Jonathan L. “Attentional Deviance.” Environmental Humanities 12, no. 2 (November 2020): 492-495.

Clark, Jonathan L. “Consider the Vulture: An Ethical Approach to Roadkill.” Discard Studies (blog). December 4, 2017.

Clark, Jonathan L. “Which Animals Do We Study?” Animals in Society Working Group (blog). June 27, 2016.

Clark, Jonathan L. “Uncharismatic Invasives.” Environmental Humanities 6, no.1 (May 2015): 29-52.

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