Job Opening: Cal Poly Pomona Animal Science (with a new Equine Studies Minor)

At the Equine History Conference (Nov. 30, 2018), the Cal Poly Pomona Provost Sylvia A. Alva opened the first day of events by announcing that the Don B. Huntley School of Agriculture was looking to hire an assistant professor in Animal Science, with a special interest in promoting their new Equine Studies minor. The position can be found though this link, and is open until February 1, 2019:

Information on the Animal & Veterinary Sciences Program and Equine Studies minor can be found here:


Small Grant, Animal Law and Policy from UCLA Law School – Dec. 1

Deadline: December 1, 2018


“Thanks to generous funding from Bob Barker, UCLA Law School is pleased to offer the Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program (“UCLA ALP Program”). The UCLA ALP Program exists to encourage new research, with the goal of developing better empirical bases from which to understand, evaluate, and pursue animal law reform.”

“Applicants from a variety of academic disciplines – including economics, sociology, demography, social psychology, moral psychology, medicine, plant-based nutritional science, cognitive science, law, public health, and public policy – are encouraged to apply.  Scholars interested in expanding their non-legal research agenda to include topics related to the UCLA ALP Program’s goals are welcome.”

“The UCLA ALP Program anticipates funding five to seven individual projects with a suggested total budget in the range of $1,000 to $4,500.”

For questions, please email the UCLA ALP Program:

ASI Animal Studies Summer Institute, July 14-21, 2019

Deadline to Apply: Feb. 28, 2019

“The Animals & Society Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  have, since 2017, co-hosted a new Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute program for advanced graduate students and early career scholars pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies. This program is focused on graduate students and those in the first few years post-Ph.D., and enables 20-30 participants to work on their dissertations or publications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign within the Center for Advanced Study, for one intensive week.”

The Institute is directed by Jane Desmond, Resident Director, Kim Marra, Margo DeMello, and Kenneth Shapiro.

Applicants must “be a doctoral student at the dissertation stage or early career scholars no more than four years past the Ph.D. or be a MSW or JD student in the advanced stages of their degree, OR professional degree students seeking a degree in law, veterinary medicine, public policy, and so on,” and the ASI “offers a handful of scholarships to students at the advanced stages of their degree training who lack any summer support from their home institution or any external fellowship.”

Phonographs, Flying Machines, and the Animality of Modernity: Live-Streamed Animal Studies Event / November 13

On November 13 at 3:30 PM EST, the Ball State University Department of History will be livestreaming “Phonographs, Flying Machines, and the Animality of Modernity,” a public lecture to be delivered by Dr. Daniel Vandersommers, assistant teaching professor of history at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities. 

Dr. Vandersommers earned his Ph.D. in History from the Ohio State University in 2014.  He is the author of “Animal Activism and the Zoo-Networked Nation,” published in the Spring 2015 edition of Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies and “Narrating Animal History from the Crags: A Turn-of-the-Century Tale about Mountain Sheep, Resistance, and a Nation,” published in the August 2017 issue of the Journal of American Studies.  He is the recipient of a 2017-2018 NEH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania and a Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship in March 2018.  March 2019 will see publication of an anthology, Zoo Studies: A New Humanities, co-edited with Tracy McDonald , and he is under contract with Cambridge University Press to publish the monograph  Humanism Encaged: The American Zoo, 1887-1917.

If you cannot attend in person in Burkhardt Building 222, please consider attending virtually at the Ball State Department of History’s YouTube Channel,


Courtesy of Abel Alves, Professor and Chairperson, Department of History at Ball State University, and author of The Animals of Spain: An Introduction to Imperial Perceptions and Human Interaction with Other Animals, 1492-1826 (Brill, 2011), Brutality and Benevolence: Human Ethology, Culture, and the Birth of Mexico(Greenwood, 1996), “Pets and Domesticated Animals in the Atlantic World” (Oxford Bibliographies, 2017). 

#EqHist2018: Abbie Harlow on “The Use of Burros and Mules in Defining Race”

All month long we will be featuring speaker’s abstracts for the upcoming Equine History Conference: Why Equine History Matters. Register now!

Rather Risk His Life in a Carriage Than Suffer on A Mule’s Back: The Use of Burros and Mules in Defining Race
Abbie Harlow, Arizona State University

       “As draught beasts, beasts of burden, and for field labor, [mules] surpass any other animal in the world; and the use of them allows the noble horse to be applied to his own proper use … and not to field labor or the rude and sordid drudgery to which he is too often degraded.”[1] This 1857 article, “Mules and Mule-Breeding,” argued for the use of mules as draft animals in place of horses, partially because mules were better suited to field work, but also to remove “the noble horse” from labor demeaning to their status. Newspaper articles, breeding handbooks, government publications, and personal journals noted the uses of mules, and burros, for low-status labor such as field work, mining, and pulling public transport wagons. Horses, these articles argued, should be reserved for higher-status work such as pulling carriages, hunting parties, and saddle-riding.[2] Many of these articles linked the physical labor performed by mules and burros to their handlers who were often African American or Mexican American.[3] This paper will explore how, in linking the lower-status labor and animals to minority groups, these white authors created a negative association between the humans and animals, applying the negative stereotyped traits of one to the other. These associations affected the treatment of and dialogue about the humans and the animals as white Americans associated negative traits of the animals to the humans and refused to work with or own the animals.

[1]  “Mules and Mule-Breeding,” Weekly Vincennes Gazette, Vincennes, Indiana, (December 30, 1857).

[2] “Mules and Mule-Breeding,” Weekly Vincennes Gazette; Emma D.E.N. Southworth, “The Hidden Hand,” The National Era, Washington, D.C. February 10, 1859; “Horses, Mules, and Asses on Farms.” Census Bulletin no. 103. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1891.

[3] “Asses and Burros,” U.S.Census of Agriculture, 1900: Volume V, Part I Farms, Live Stock, and Animal Products. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1902), cxcvi-i; “Mules.” U.S.Census of Agriculture, 1900: Volume V, Part I Farms, Live Stock, andAnimal Products. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1902), cxcix.

Abbie Harlow also coined the #AndBurros hashtag at #ASEH2018