The NYU Animal Studies Initiative was established in 2010 to represent and contribute to this rapidly growing and exciting interdisciplinary field.  An integral part of NYU's Department of Environmental Studies, the ASI draws faculty and students from many other departments in the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Tisch School of the Arts.  The Initiative offers an undergraduate Minor in Animal Studies (one of the first in the country), supports graduate and post-doctoral research and teaching, and presents a rich annual program of public lectures, conferences, and workshops.

Our Mission

To contribute to the development of Animal Studies as a field by supporting intellectually and empirically rigorous scholarship on animals and our relationships with them. 

To develop and administer courses and degree programs in Animal Studies.

To start new conversations about animals, how we understand and represent their diversity and complexity, how to best protect them and increase awareness about their importance. 

To build bridges between academic fields, and between academia and society, in the study of animals and our interactions with them.

Advisory Committee

Colin Jerolmack

Director, Animal Studies Initiative; Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies

Dale Jamieson

Founding Director of Environmental Studies and Animal Studies, Chair of the Environmental Studies Department, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Bioethics.

Una Chaudhuri

Professor of English, Drama and Environmental Studies

Jennifer Jacquet

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Christopher Schlottmann

Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Studies; 

Associate Director of Environmental Studies

Nicolas Delon

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Environmental Studies and Animal Studies; Animal Studies Minor Adviser

David Wolfson

Partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Adjunct Instructor of Animal Studies