The purview of the book series includes any topic that allows exploration of the relation between human and nonhuman animals in any setting, contemporary or historical, from the perspective of various disciplines within both the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science) and humanities (e.g., history, literary criticism).
Among the broad areas included are:
1. applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine, agriculture),
2. animals in the popular culture (entertainment, companion animals, animal symbolism),
3. wildlife and the environment,
4. socio-political movements, public policy and the law.