Lexington CAS Book Series

LEXMottoCritical Animal Studies and Theory

Series Editors:
Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Salt Lake Community College
Dr. Scott Hurley, Department of Religion, Luther College

The Critical Animal Studies and Theory Book Series with Lexington Books, a project of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, founded in 2012 by Anthony J. Nocella II, addresses human relations with other animals in the context of socio-political relations and economic systems of power.  Critical Animal Studies and Theory argues that liberation is not a single-issue phenomenon, but rather inseparably related to human rights, peace and justice, and environmental issues and movements. Instead of emphasizing abstract theory, the series links theory with practice for animal advocacy and a humane, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable world. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to questions of social change, moral progress, and ecological sustainability, the Critical Animal Studies and Theory series connects with traditional disciplines such as economics, political science, religion, history, education, sociology, science, English, anthropology, and art. Further, this series is interested in interdisciplinary fields of study and theories such as feminism, globalization, disability studies, ecopedagogy, environmental studies, ethnic studies, critical race theory, media studies, and cultural studies. The series will serve as a foundational project for one of the fastest growing and most exciting new fields of scholarship, Critical Animal Studies.  Rooted in critical theory as well as the animal advocacy movement, Critical Animal Studies and Theory argues for an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to understanding our relationships with nonhuman animals. Rejecting the notion that nonhuman animals do not have a voice, the series stresses that nonhuman animals do have agency, and thus argues for an animal standpoint. In keeping with the principles of Critical Animal Studies, the series encourages progressive and committed scholarship and sees exploitation of nonhuman animals as interrelated with other forms of oppression based on issues such as class, gender, and racism. Against apolitical scholarship, the series encourages engaged critical praxis, total liberation, social justice, and the end of all systems of domination.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to the series, please contact: Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II – nocellat@yahoo.com (Founder and Editor)
Dr. Scott Hurley – urlsc01@luther.edu (Editor)


Proposal Submissions will be assigned to one of the four following categories:

  1. Accept without revisions
  2. Accept with editorial revisions
  3. Revise and resubmit for peer review
  4. Reject
  • Every effort will be made to inform authors of the editor’s decision within 30 days of receipt of a proposal.

If approved (either 1. or 2. above) by the Book Series Editor and Review Board the proposal is then sent off to Lexington Books, which will then be reviewed by the editorial committee and send out for external review.

If the proposal is accepted by Lexington Books, a contract is sent out to the author(s)/editor(s).