Anthropology and Sociology

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Jonathan L. Clark

With a background in biology, environmental law, and sociology, Dr. Clark has always taken an interdisciplinary approach to the topics that interest him–namely animals, nature, and the environment. Working at the intersection of two interdisciplinary fields–animal studies and the environmental humanities–he’s interested in the question of what it means to be human, and how we should live our lives, in a more-than-human world. In one of his current projects, “Moving through a More-than-Human World,” Dr. Clark is examining 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 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. â€śWhich 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.