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date: 23 November 2020

(p. ix) Preface

(p. ix) Preface

I am very grateful to Angela Chnapko, editor at Oxford University Press, for contacting me about editing The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies. I was thrilled at the prospect of undertaking the project—not because of the huge editorial task ahead but because of the validation of animal studies as a major topic of scholarly research, worthy of coverage by the prestigious Oxford Handbook series. This volume would not have been possible without Angela’s attentive, generous and gentle guidance at every stage of the project, from the proposal peer review process to the final details of production. I also thank Princess Ikatekit at OUP and Aimee Swenson at MSU for their assistance in research and production, and Thomas Dietz for his unwavering enthusiasm and support for my tendency to take on large, multiple-year projects. I am of course deeply indebted to the volume contributors for their expertise, hard work, and patience over the six years (!) it has taken for the chapters to appear online, after which the book could finally see the light of day. Finally, it is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of one of our contributors, Juliet Clutton-Brock, on September 21, 2015, at age 82. Juliet was a lifelong animal advocate and a friend to and collaborator with a number of us involved in this volume. She is sorely missed. (p. x)