Dr. Steven Tauber
Dr. Steven Tauber is a Professor of Political Science in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida. He was the chair of the Department of Government & International Affairs from 2012 through 2016, and he was the founding Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, serving from 2016 through 2019. He teaches classes in American politics, American political thought, and judicial politics. He has published numerous journal articles and chapters in edited volumes on a variety of topics in political science, but his research mainly focuses on social justice politics, especially on the issue of the exploitation of nonhuman animals. His book Navigating the Jungle: Law, Politics, and the Animal Advocacy Movement (Routledge 2016) investigates the political constraints facing animal activists’ use of the judiciary to achieve justice for animals. His forthcoming article in Society & Animals provides sophisticated, comprehensive measures of how well nations treat nonhuman animals. In 2022 he received a grant from the Culture & Animals Foundation to build a database of nations’ high court decision that directly affect animals’ interests. In addition to his work in human-animal studies, his award-winning coauthored (with Paula McClain, Duke University) book American Government in Black and White (Oxford University Press, 6th edition, 2023) examines the essentials of American government through the lens of race and ethnicity.