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Corey Lee Wrenn, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Colorado State University

Bey Hall, 234
Office Hours
  • Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Courses this Semester
SO 101: Introduction to Sociology
SO/GS 225: Introduction to Gender Studies
SO 491: Sociology Thesis Proposal
Regularly Taught Courses
SO 101: Introduction to Sociology
SO/GS 225: Introduction to Gender Studies
SO 398: Social Movements in Ireland
SO 491: Sociology Thesis

Dr. Wrenn is Lecturer of Sociology and past Director of Gender Studies (2016-2018) with Monmouth University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology with Colorado State University in 2016. She received her M.S. in Sociology in 2008 and her B.A. in Political Science in 2005, both from Virginia Tech. She was awarded Exemplary Diversity Scholar, 2016 by the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity. She served as council member with the American Sociological Association’s Animals & Society section (2013-2016) and was elected Chair in 2018. She serves as Book Review Editor to Society & Animals and has contributed to the Human-Animal Studies Cinema blogs for the Animals and Society Institute. She has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Gender Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Disability & Society, Food, Culture & Society, and Society & Animals. In July 2013, she founded the Vegan Feminist Network, an academic-activist project engaging intersectional social justice praxis. She is the author of A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory (Palgrave MacMillan 2016).

Research Interests

Nonhuman Animals and society, vegan feminism, intersections of inequalities, social movement theory, critical analysis of the non-profit industrial complex, vegan politics, and environmental injustice, ecofeminism, Irish studies.


Published Books

  • (2015) A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
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Published Books Chapters

  • (2017) “Toward a Vegan Feminist Theory of the State.” Pp. 201-230, in Animal Oppression and Capitalism, edited by D. Nibert. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.
  • (2016) “Human Supremacy, Post-Speciesist Ideology, and the Case for Anti-Colonialist Veganism.” Animals in Human Society, edited by D. L. Moorehead. Lanham, MD: University Press of America/Hamilton Books

Books Under Review

  • Wrenn, C. L. Piecemeal Protest: Animal Rights in the Age of Nonprofits. Under review.
  • Wrenn, C. L. Animals in Irish Society. Under review.
Scholarly Articles

Sole Authored Publications

  • (2018) “Free-Riders in the Non-Profit Industrial Complex: The Problem of Semi-Vegetarianism.” Society & Animals 26. Online first.
  • (2018) “College Student Literacy of Food Animal Slaughter in the United States.” International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 24 (2): 215-228.
  • (2018)  “How to Help When It Hurts? Think Systemic.” Animal Studies Journal 7 (1): 149-179.
  • (2018) “Pussy Grabs Back: Bestialized Sexual Politics and Intersectional Failure in Protest Posters for the 2017 Women’s March.” Feminist Media Studies. Online first.
  • (2018) “Trump Veganism: A Political Survey of American Vegans in the Era of Identity Politics” Societies 7 (2): 32.
  • (2018) “Skeptics and the ‘White Stuff’: Promotion of Cows’ Milk and Other Nonhuman Animal Products in the Skeptic Community as Normative Whiteness.” Relations: Beyond Anthropocentrism 5 (1): 72-81.
  • (2017) “Fat Vegan Politics: A Survey of Fat Vegan Activists’ Online Experiences with Social Movement Sizeism.” Fat Studies 6 (1): 90-
  • (2016) “The Land of Meat and Potatoes? Exploring Ireland’s Vegan and Vegetarian Foodscape.” Encyclopedia for Cultural and Social Studies on Vegetarianism and Veganism. Vienna, Austria: University of Vienna.102.
  • (2016) “Social Movement Prostitution: A Case Study in Nonhuman Animal Rights Activism and Vegan Pimping.” Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity 4 (2): 87-99.
  • (2016)“An Analysis of Diversity in Nonhuman Animal Rights Media.” Journal for Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 29 (2): 143-165.
  • (2014) “Abolition Then and Now: Tactical Comparisons between the Human Rights Movement and the Modern Nonhuman Animal Rights Movement in the United States.” Journal of Agriculture & Environmental Ethics 27 (2): 177-200.
  • (2013) “The Role of Professionalization Regarding Female Exploitation in the Nonhuman Animal Rights Movement.” Journal of Gender Studies. Online.
  • (2013) “A Critique of Single-Issue Campaigning and the Importance of Comprehensive Abolitionist Vegan Advocacy.” Food, Culture & Society 16 (4): 651-668.
  • (2013) “Resonance of Moral Shocks in Abolitionist Animal Rights Advocacy: Overcoming Contextual Constraints.” Society & Animals 21 (4): 379-394.
  • (2011) “Resisting the Globalization of Speciesism: Vegan Abolitionism as a Site for Consumer-Based Social Change.” Journal for Critical Animal Studies 9(3): 9-27


  • Wrenn C.L. and M. Lutz. 2016. “White Women Wanted? An Analysis of Gender Diversity in Social Justice Magazines.” Societies 6 (2): 1-18.
  • Wrenn, C. L., J. Clark, M. Judge, K. Gilchrist, D. Woodlock, K. Dotson, R. Spanos, and J. Wrenn. 2015. “The Medicalization of Nonhuman Animal Rights: Frame Contestation and the Exploitation of Disability.” Disability & Society 30 (9): 1307-1327.

Book Reviews

  • (2017) “Book Review: Male Dominance and Expertise in the Remembering of Irish Women’s Lives.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, & Social Justice 38 (2): 232-234.
  • (2017) “The New Sociology of Species and Media, a Review.” Media, Culture and Society 40 (2): 307-310.
  • (2017) “Review. Breeze Harper. 2014. Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England. Sense Publishers.” Feminist Spaces 3 (1): 124-126.
  • (2017). “Review of Our Children and Other Animals.” Between the Species 19 (1): 2010-2014.
  • (2015) “Review of Animal Oppression & Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict.” Between the Species 18 (1): 112-115.
Professional Associations
  • 2018-Present     Chair Elect, Animals & Society Section, American Sociological Association
  • 2017-Present     Book Review Editor, Society & Animals
  • 2016-Present     Co-Adviser, Gender Studies Club, Monmouth University