Anthropology and Sociology

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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. 


Anthropology & Sociology


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


Animals & Society 

Environmental Justice

Radical Environmentalism

Thinking Sociologically

Using Social Theory

Research Interests

Animal Studies
Environmental Humanities 

Recent Work

Clark, Jonathan L. “Attentional Deviance.” Environmental Humanities (in press).

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.