University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology



Ryan Turner

Ryan Turner


Ryan Turner's research interests include animal-human relations, the sociology of culture, the sociology of the self, and symbolic interactionsim. He has conducted research on both competitive equestrians and vegans.


2012 M.A. Sociology University of Massachusetts–Amherst
2008 B.A. Sociology University of Massachusetts–Amherst


Comprehensive Exams

"Animals as Symbolic Actors: The Problem of Animal Selfhood."
Defended September 2011, UMass Amherst

"Horse Sense: The Limits of Judgment."
Defended July 2012, UMass Amherst


"Do Animals have Selves?" Upcoming publication in Studies in Symbolic Interaction.


Courses Taught: The Sociology of American Culture (Fall 2012)

Teaching Assistantships: Introduction to Sociology, Self and Society, Social Statistics, The Family, Data Collection and Analysis, Contemporary American Society,

Teaching Interests: Animals and Society, Self and Society, Sociology of Culture, Introduction to Sociology, Theory


Department of Sociology • Thompson Hall • University of Massachusetts–Amherst, MA 01003