Dr Margo DeMello

Margo DeMello received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Davis in 1995, and currently lectures at Central New Mexico Community College, teaching sociology, cultural studies, and anthropology. Her areas of specialization include the cross cultural body and human-animal studies. She writes extensively about rabbit behavior and the cultural representation of rabbits, and is currently working on an article about Bunspace, a social networking site for rabbits, to be included in a proposed collection about animal autobiographical writing.

She is also a longtime animal advocate. She serves as President and Executive Director of House Rabbit Society, and the Program Director for Human-Animal Studies at Animals & Society Institute.

Selected publications by Margo DeMello

Forthcoming. Teaching the Animal: Human Animal Studies Across the Disciplines. (Ed.) New York: Lantern Press.

2009. Feet and Footwear: A Cultural History.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

2007. (With Erin E. Williams.) Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

2007. Encyclopedia of Body Adornment: A Cultural History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

2007. "The Present and Future of Animal Domestication."  In A Cultural History of Animals: Volume 6, The Modern Age, Randy Malamud, ed. Oxford: Berg Publishers.

2007. "Rabbits in Human Society."  In Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships, Marc Bekoff, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

2006. Book Review. Facing the Wild: Ecotourism, Conservation and Animal Encounters. In Anthrozoös, 19(1). 2006.

2003. (With Susan E. Davis.) Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature. New York: Lantern Press.

2000. Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press.