Leslie Irvine, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on the roles of animals in society. She has studied animal selfhood, animal sheltering, gender in veterinary medicine, animal abuse, animals in popular culture, and animal welfare in disasters. Her 2013 book, My Dog Always Eats First, examines homeless people’s relationships with their companion animals. Previous books include Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters and If You Tame Me: Understanding our Connection with Animals, which received the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Animals & Society Section of the American Sociological Association. Her articles have appeared in Society & Animals, Anthrozoös, Gender & Society, Social Problems, The Sociological Quarterly, Qualitative Sociology, and Symbolic Interaction. Leslie received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.