Paul Waldau


University of Oxford, Doctor of Philosophy
University of California at Los Angeles, Juris Doctor
Stanford University, Master of Arts, Modern Religious Thought
University of California at Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies 2765 Office: HS 201E

Paul Waldau's educational philosophy is premised on the fact that human individuals and societies benefit greatly when each of us learns about our fellow creatures. When this happens, education soars because students are invited to think as honestly and critically as possible about our past and present relationships with the world around us and all our neighbors, both human and nonhuman. This work, along with considering our all-important future possibilities, is the central task of Anthrozoology. This teaching approach underlies Waldau's classroom relationship with both graduates and undergraduates, and is more fully described in his two most recent books, "Animal Studies--An Introduction" (Oxford University Press, 2013) and "Animal Rights--What Everyone Needs to Know" (Oxford University Press, 2011).


  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Conarroe Scholar, Lafayette College (Easton, PA) 2012
  • Orr Scholar, Wilson College (Chambersburg, PA) 2009


2006 A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics. New York: Columbia University Press. Co-editor and contributor (introduction and two chapters). Paperback edition published in April 2009.

2016 “A Lens, a Path, a Return Journey—Lynn White and the Question of Animal Protection” in Todd, and Anna Peterson, eds., 2017. Religion and Ecological Crisis: The “Lynn White Thesis” at Fifty. New York: Routledge, 147-164

2016 “Animals” in Handbook of Religion and Ecology, edited by Willis J. Jenkins, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, New York: Routledge, pp. 292-301.

2016 “Second Wave Animal Law and The Arrival of Animal Studies.” Opening chapter in Animal Law and Welfare – International Perspectives edited by Deborah Cao and Steven White, New York: Springer, pp. 11-43.

2016 “Nurturing Peace by Subverting Violence in the Larger Community” in Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation: New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories, edited by Heather Eaton and Lauren Michelle Levesque. Sheffield, UK: Equinox, 2016, pp. 240-262.