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Lindsay Sarah May

Critical Animal Studies; Human-Nonhuman Animal Relations; Shelters; Speciesism; Poverty


Ms. Sarah May Lindsay is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in Sociology at McMaster University. Ms. Lindsay's research areas include human-nonhuman animal relations, human and nonhuman animal shelters, companion animals, nonhuman animal use and abuse (abolitionism), and speciesism. She works from the intersectional perspective of Critical Animal Studies, considering the social psychological intricacies of individuals and society. Ms. Lindsay's dissertation research surveys companion animal co-sheltering policies and practices at women's emergency shelters in the HGTA region of Ontario.

Ms. Lindsay began her career with an honours BES in Environmental Studies from York University, and a MA in Critical Sociology from Brock University, receiving numerous academic awards and scholarships including the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master's Scholarship, three Ontario Graduate Scholarships, and, currently, the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.

Ms. Lindsay has presented her research on policies and conditions in companion animal shelters at various sociological meetings, including the 2016 and 2017 Canadian Sociological Association Congress. Also, she is the co-editor of an upcoming special edition of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. This special issue puts into conversation the emerging sociological subfields of Critical Animal Studies and Critical Disability Studies. Upcoming publications include a book chapter on shelter fields and capital (power and currency) and a comparative analysis of fetishized, "inspirational" disabled companion animals. Additionally, Ms. Lindsay is a co-organizer and administrator for the newly formed CSA Research Cluster: Animals & Society.