Michael Briscoe (He/Him/His)
Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, Pueblo

Research Interests
Environmental sociology, political economy of animal welfare and liberation, one welfare, and pro-environmental behavior.


Michael Briscoe (he/him) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University Pueblo. He earned his PhD in sociology from Utah State University in environmental sociology. For his dissertation Michael studied dairy farmer relationships with their cows, and how economic development is associated with animal welfare laws at the state and international levels. At CSU Pueblo he teaches a course on One Welfare, as well as environmental sociology and social theory. His current research focuses on animal trade and socio-ecological paradoxes.

Key Publications

  • Briscoe, Michael D., and Jennifer E. Givens. 2023. “Ecologically Unequal Exchange and Animal Welfare: An Empirical Analysis Using the Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index.” The Sociological Quarterly 64(4): 651-675. DOI: 10.1080/00380253.2023.2208637
  • Briscoe, Michael D. 2022. “The Meatless Menu Paradox?: Environmental Theory and Plant-Based Fast-Food Options.” Society & Animals 31(5-6): 815-824.
  • Full list here

Student supervision

Colorado State University, Pueblo does not have a graduate program in sociology or human-animal studies. However, Dr. Briscoe does accept undergraduate research assistants and is open to giving advice and collaborating with students at other universities.


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