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Amy Fitzgerald (Criminology)

Amy Fitzgerald

Dr. Fitzgerald's research is situated at the culture/nature nexus and focuses on the perpetration of harms (criminal and otherwise) by humans against the environment and nonhuman animals. She has interrogated this broad area of inquiry vis-à-vis several topical areas, including the coexistence of animal abuse and intimate partner violence; industrialized animal agriculture; sport hunting culture; the 'pet' food industry; the animal advocacy and environmental movements; animal cruelty laws and investigations; and environmentally-mediated human health risks.

Her work is interdisciplinary, although she draws from and contributes most specifically to the fields of green criminology, (critical) animal studies, environmental sociology, and gender studies.

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Selected Works:

Fitzgerald, Amy; Barrett, Betty; Shwom, Rachael; Stevenson, Rochelle; & Chernyak, Elena. (forthcoming). Standardizing the Measurement of Animal Maltreatment in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: Development of The Partner's Treatment of Animals Scale. Anthrozoos.

Fitzgerald, Amy; Stevenson, Rochelle; & Verbora, Antonio (2016). Examining Animal Abuse through a Sociological Lens: Theoretical and Empirical Developments. In Mary Brewster & Cassandra Reyes (Eds.) Animal cruelty: A multidisciplinary approach to understanding (2nd Ed). Carolina Academic Press.

Fitzgerald, Amy J. (2011). Doing Time in a Slaughterhouse: A critical review of the use of animals and inmates in prison labor programmes. Journal of Critical Animal Studies, 10, 12-46.

Fitzgerald, Amy. (2007). The 'Underdog' as 'Ideal Victim'? The Attribution of Victimhood in the 2007 Pet Food Recall. International Review of Victimology, 17(2), 131-157.

Fitzgerald, Amy J. (2010). A Social History of the Slaughterhouse: From Inception to Contemporary Implications. Human Ecology Review, 17(1), 58-69.

Fitzgerald, Amy J.; Kalof, Linda; Dietz, Thomas. (2009). Slaughterhouses and Increased Crime Rates: An Empirical Analysis of Spillover from 'The Jungle" into the Surrounding Community. Organization and Environment, 22, 158-184.

Fitzgerald, Amy, J. (2007). 'They Gave Me a Reason to Live': The Protective Effects of Companion Animals on the Suicidality of Abused Women. Humanity and Society, 31(4), 355-378.