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Dr. Keri Brandt

Dr. Keri Brandt
Professor of Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies


  • Gender and sexuality
  • Animals and society
  • Queer theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Social inequality and social justice
  • Feminist qualitative methodology
  • Social psychology


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2005
  • B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1995


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About Dr. Keri Brandt

Keri Brandt is a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Gender & Women’s Studies program at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2005. Brandt’s primary research focuses on human-horse relationships and communication, as well as the importance of gender in these relationships. Her work has been supported by a number of Faculty Professional Development Grants and an FLC Foundation Grant from Fort Lewis College. She presents frequently at academic conferences and often serves as session organizer for the American Sociological Association and other professional organizations.

Brandt is an active member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, The Commission on the Status of Women Faculty, and the Safe Zone Project at Fort Lewis College. She also served as the chair of the Department of Sociology from 2012 to 2015. She received the Jane Goodall Fellowship Award from the Animals and Society Section of the American Sociological Association in 2005. Brandt has served as a reviewer for Society and Animals and Anthroozoos, as well as for book manuscripts through the University of Georgia Press and Allyn & Bacon.

In The Media

Dr. Brandt was interviewed for "Young luv in the digital age, A cultural analysis of the polarizing holiday (Valentine’s) and modern-day romance," The Durango Herald, February 10, 2016

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Bodies in Motion: Embodiment and Intimacy in Human-Horse Relationships,” The International Society for Anthrozoology, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2015

“New Possibilities: Gender and Embodiment in the Human-Horse Context,”  American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL, 2015

“Rethinking Women's Embodiment in the Context of Human-Horse Relationships,” American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, 2014

“Intimacy Beyond Words: The Meaning of Horses in Women’s Lives,” Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, San Francisco, CA, 2014

“Mutual Corporeality: Gender and Human/Horse Relationship,” co-authored with Lynda Birke, Women’s Studies International Forum, 2009

“A Language of Their Own,” Between The Species: A Reader in Human-Animal Relationships, 2008

“Horse Whispering: Natural Horsemanship and its Popularity,” Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships: An Exploration of Our Connections with Other Animals, 2007

“Human-Horse Communication: An Embodied Language System,” Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships: An Exploration of Our Connections with Other Animals, 2007

“Intelligent Bodies: Embodied Subjectivity in Human-Horse Communication,” Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and The Sociology of the Body, 2006