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Clifton P. Flynn
Interim Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor of Sociology

Administration Builiding 224B
(864) 503-5635
E-mail: cflynn@uscupstate.edu


Ph.D.   University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1988
M.S.     University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1983
B.A.     Davidson College, cum laude, 1979

Areas of Specialty  

Human-Animal Interaction
Animal Abuse and Family Violence
Sociology of Families
Research Methods

Awards & Honors  

Fellow, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, 2010 – present.

Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, Oxford, England, 2008 - present

Annual Award for Scholarly and Creative Pursuits, USC Upstate, 2002 and 2009

Best New Animals & Society Course, Humane Society of the U.S., 2001

Selected Scholarship    

Flynn,C. P. “Examining the Links between Animal Abuse and Human Violence,” Crime, Law, and Social Change, 55, 453-468, 2011.

Flynn,C. P. Review of “For Our Children:The Ethics of Animal Experimentation in the Age of Genetic Engineering” byAnders Nordgren. Journal of Animal Ethics, 1, 230-232, 2011. 

“Social Psychological Advances in Human-Animal Studies.” Review of “New Perspectives on Human-Animal Interactions: Theory, Policy, and Research.” Journal of Social Issues (Special issue), S. Knight & H. Herzog (Eds.), Society and Animals, 2010, 18, 324-327.

“The Link: Exploring the Connections between Animal Abuse and Human Violence.” Invited presentation at the Symposium on Situating Animal Abuse in Crime in the UK, Glamorgan University, Cardiff, Wales, July 5-6, 2010.

Women-Battering, Pet Abuse, and Human-Animal Relationships” in A. Linzey (Ed.), The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence (Pp. 116-125). Sussex Academic Press, 2009.

Social Creatures: A Human and Animal Studies Reader. New York: Lantern Books, 2008.

“A Sociological Analysis of Animal Abuse” in F. R. Ascione (Ed.). International Handbook on Animal Abuse and Cruelty: Theory, Research and Application (Pp. 155-174). Purdue University Press, 2008.

“A Sociological Analysis of Animal Cruelty” in A. Thio and T. Calhoun (Eds.) Readings in Deviant Behavior, 4th edition, (Pp. 300-304). Allyn & Bacon, 2006.  This chapter is based largely on the 2001 article in Society & Animals (see below).

“Acknowledging the ‘Zoological Connection’: A Sociological Analysis of Animal Cruelty.”  Society & Animals, 2001, 9, 71-87.

“Why Family Professionals Can No Longer Ignore Violence toward Animals.” Family Relations, 2000, 49, 87-95.

“Battered Women and their Animal Companions: Symbolic Interaction between Human and Nonhuman Animals.” Society & Animals, 2000, 8, 99-127. Reprinted in B. Schroder (Ed.), Verschwiegenes TierLeid: Sexueller Missbrauch an Tieren. Ruster, 2006.

“Woman’s Best Friend:  Pet Abuse and the Role of Companion Animals in the Lives of Battered Women.” Violence Against Women, 2000, 6, 162-177. Reprinted in Social Creatures: A Human and Animal Studies Reader. Lantern Books, 2008.

“Animal Abuse in Childhood and Later Support for Interpersonal Violence in Families.” Society & Animals, 1999, 7, 161-172.

“Exploring the Link between Corporal Punishment and Children’s Cruelty to Animals.” Journal of Marriage and the Family, 1999, 61, 971-981.

“Beauty and the Beasts: Woman-battering, Pet Abuse, and Human-Animal Relationships.” Paper presented at the International Conference on the Relationship between Animal Abuse and Human Violence, Keble College, Oxford University. Sponsored by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, September, 2007.       

Professional and Community Service  

Member, NIH grant review panel, “Role of Human-Animal Interactions and Child Health and Development, ” Washington, DC, March 2010

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Animal Ethics, 2010 -  present

Member, Editorial Board, Palgrave-Macmillan Book Series on Animal Ethics

Secretary/Treasurer, Section on Animals and Society, American Sociological Association, 2006-2009.

Chair, Section on Animals & Society, American Sociological Association, 2003-2004.

Member, Editorial Board, Society & Animals, 2001-present.

Member, Editorial Board, Anthrozoos, 2005-present

Academic Career  

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Chair, Dept. of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women’s Studies-2008- 2013

Professor of Sociology, USC Upstate (formerly USC Spartanburg), 1997-present

Associate Professor of Sociology, USC Spartanburg, 1992-1997

Assistant Professor of Sociology, USC Spartanburg, 1988-1992

Department Chair
Samantha Hauptman
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