She served as the Program Director for Human-Animal Studies at Animals & Society Institute from 2004-2019, and is the past President of House Rabbit Society. She also volunteers for Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary and works closely with the Kerulos Institute.
Her books include Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community (Duke University Press 2000), Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature (with Susan Davis, Lantern 2003), Low-Carb Vegetarian (Book Publishing Co. 2004), Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection (with Erin Williams, Prometheus 2007), The Encyclopedia of Body Adornment (Greenwood 2007), Feet and Footwear (ABC-CLIO 2009), Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies Across the Disciplines (Lantern 2010), Faces Around the World (ABC-CLIO 2012), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (Columbia University Press 2012), Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing (Routledge 2012), Inked (ABC-CLIO 2014), Body Studies: An Introduction (Routledge 2014), and Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death (Michigan State 2016). She has two new books coming out in the next year (On the Job: An Encyclopedia of Unique Occupations around the World, ABC-CLIO 2021, and a second edition of Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies, Columbia University Press 2020). She is now working on a book about cryptids.
She has had articles published in A Companion to the Anthropology of Bodies/Embodiments (Fran Mascia-Less, ed.), Human Nature and Self Design (Sebastian Schleidgen, ed.), Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships (Marc Bekoff, ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Rights (Marc Bekoff, ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality (Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin, eds.), A Cultural History of Animals: The Modern Age (Randy Malamud, ed.), Animals in Captivity (Lori Gruen, ed.), Texts, Animals and Environments (Frederike Middelhoff, ed.), Animal Biographies: Reframing Animal Lives (Andre Krebber and Mieke Roscher, eds.), Humans and Animals: A Geography of Coexistence (Julie Urbanik and Connie Johnston, eds.), The Tattoo Project: Commemorative Tattoos, Visual Culture, and the Digital Archive (Deborah Davidson, ed.) and the journals Anthrozoös, Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Society & Animals, and Nature.
She lives in Oregon with a husband, six Chihuahuas, four cats, and three house rabbits.