Clifton P. Flynn, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women's Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He is a past Chair of the Section on Animals and Society of the American Sociological Association. In 2008, he was selected as a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. His Animals and Society course was chosen as the "Best New Animals and Society Course" by the Humane Society of the United States in 2001. He is the editor of Social Creatures, one of the first anthologies in Human–Animal Studies and Understanding Animal Abuse.