Prof. Steve Baker

Emeritus Professor of Art History

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Steve Baker has published extensively on the representation of animals in contemporary art, philosophy and popular culture. Chapters from his books have been reprinted in Routledge’s Animals and Society: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences and in Berg’s The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings. Selected publications have been translated into French, German, Dutch, Swedish and Italian.

Full Profile

Steve Baker joined UCLan in 1985 and gained his PhD (History & Theory of Art, Kent) in 1988. His first book (Picturing the Beast, 1993) made an early contribution to the emerging field of ‘animal studies’ in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and he is now recognized as a significant figure in the international development of this interdisciplinary field. He was a founder member of the Animal Studies Group in the UK. He is on the editorial boards of animal studies journals in the USA, UK, Australia and Italy, and also those of the book series ‘Animalibus’ (Penn State UP) and ‘Animal Publics’ (Sydney UP).

Since taking early retirement from his full-time UCLan post in 2008, he has contributed chapters to seven major edited collections in the field, including the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies, in addition to writing exhibition catalogue essays and completing his 2013 monograph, Artist Animal. He has also delivered conference keynotes and public lectures in the UK, France, Germany, Poland and Australia. Since 2010 his artwork (which explores parallel themes to his academic research) has been shown in group exhibitions in the UK, USA and Australia, and has been reproduced and discussed in the journals Art & Research, Antennae, Tierstudien and Angelaki.

He has continued to supervise postgraduate students, and having completed PINNA ‘Manager as Coach’ training in 2009, he has an ongoing interest in the use of coaching to support the development of academic research. His full CV can be accessed online.


Artist Animal (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), in the ‘Posthumanities’ series. ISBN 978-0-8166-8067-2.

Killing Animals, co-authored collection by The Animal Studies Group (University of Illinois Press, 2006). ISBN 978-0-252-03050-5.

Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity, and Representation (second edition, University of Illinois Press, 2001). ISBN 978-0-252-07030-3.

The Postmodern Animal (Reaktion Books, 2000), in the ‘Essays in Art and Culture’ series. ISBN 978-186189-060-3.