ASI-UI Summer Institute for Human-Animal Studies

The 4th Annual Human-Animal Studies Institute will take place from July 12-19, 2020 inclusive.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

Complete instructions and more information can be found here.

Summer Institute Directors

Jane Desmond, Anthropology and Gender & Women's Studies, University of Illinois

Kim Marra, Theatre Arts and American Studies, University of Iowa

Kenneth Shapiro, co-founder and President of the board of the Animals & Society Institute

Guest Faculty

May Berenbaum, Entomology, University of Illinois

Amy Fitzgerald, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, University of Windsor

Maria Lux, Art, Whitman College

Chris Green, Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School

Teresa Mangum, Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, and Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa

Lindsay Marshall, American Indian Studies, University of Illinois

Robert Mitchell, Psychology, Animal Studies Program, Eastern Kentucky University

Evan Mwangi, English and Comparative Literature, Northwestern University

Tuition and Other Fees

The tuition fee for the Institute (which covers registration, housing, library access, special events, receptions, and seminars) is $800. Students can choose to buy food from the campus dining hall, can eat at restaurants off campus, or can buy food to prepare in the dorm kitchen. We encourage applicants to seek funding from their Universities to cover expenses, and once accepted can supply documentation of acceptance to assist them in doing so.


We are offering 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.  If you are interested in being considered for one of these scholarships, which covers the $800 tuition (and includes housing), please include a separate note along with our application stating your interest in the scholarships, and whether or not you also need help with travel.


Applicants must (1) 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; (2) have a commitment to advancing research in Human-Animal Studies; and (3), submit a follow-up report six months after the program’s completion. Applications are encouraged from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, as long as a part of the project is explicitly dealing with the human-animal relationship. If you are interested in the Institute and unsure if you are eligible, please contact the directors.

2020 Schedule of public events

Call for Applicants