Margo’s CV



University of California, Davis

Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, 1995

University of California, Davis

M.A., Sociocultural Anthropology, 1991

University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Religious Studies, 1988



Adjunct Professor, Anthrozoology Program, Canisius College, 2013-present.

  • Cross Cultural Anthrozoology
  • Animals as Commodities
  • Animals and War
  • Animals in Popular Culture
  • Critical Animal Studies

Adjunct Professor, Animal Studies Program, Eastern Kentucky University, 2014-present

  •  Animals and Culture

Lecturer, Department of Communications, Humanities & Social Sciences, Central New Mexico Community College, 2004-2015

  •  Introduction to Sociology
  •  Social Problems
  •  Introduction to Anthropology
  •  Human Sexuality
  •  Sociology of Gender
  •  Cultural Anthropology
  •  Popular Culture
  • Race and Ethnicity
  •  Animals and Society
  • Women’s Studies
  • Anthropology of Drugs

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University, 2003.

  • Senior Seminar in Contemporary Theory: “Women, Animals and Science”
  • Race and Racism
  • Gender and Sexuality

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University, 1995-1997.

  •  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  •  Race and Racism
  • Senior Seminar in Contemporary Theory: “Postmodern Theory”
  • Anthropology of Women

Lecturer, University of California, Davis, 1995.  Departments of Anthropology and Applied Behavioral Sciences.

  •  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Ethnographic Research in America

Lecturer, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Sacramento City College, 1994-1995.

  •  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology




Under contract. On the Job: An Encyclopedia of Unique Cultural Livelihoods and Occupations around the World. ABC-CLIO.

Under contract. New edition of Animals and Society: An Introduction.  New York: Columbia University Press.

  1. Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death. (Ed.) Ann Arbor: Michigan State University.


  1. Body Studies: An Introduction. London: Routledge.


  1. Inked: Tattoos and Body Art Around the World. Westport, CT: ABC-CLIO.


  1. Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing. (Ed.) New York: Routledge.


  1. Animals and Society: An Introduction. New York: Columbia University Press.


  1. Faces around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: ABC-CLIO.


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


  1. Feet and Footwear: A Cultural History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.


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


  1. Encyclopedia of Body Adornment: A Cultural History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.


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


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




Forthcoming. Animals and Society. In Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology. Legun, K. et al (eds) Cambridge.


  1. The Rabbits of Okunoshima: How feral rabbits alter space, create relationships, and communicate with people and each other. In Texts, Animals and Environments, Frederike Middelhoff, ed.


  1. Online Animal (Auto-) Biographies: What does it mean when we “give animals a voice?” In Animal Biographies: Reframing Animal Lives, Andre Krebber and Mieke Roscher, eds.


  1. Shelters and Sanctuaries. In Humans and Animals: A Geography of Coexistence. Julie Urbanik and Connie Johnston. eds. ABC-CLIO.


  1. Book Review. Tattoo Traditions of Native North America: Ancient and Contemporary Expressions of Identity. In Western Folklore, 76(1), Winter 2017.


  1. Memories on the Skin: A Brief Cultural History of Tattooing. In The Tattoo Project: Commemorative Tattoos, Visual Culture, and the Digital Archive, Deborah Davidson, ed. Canadian Scholars.


  1. Rabbits Multiplying Like Rabbits: The Rise in the Worldwide Popularity of Rabbits as Pets. In Companion Animals in Everyday Life, Michal Pregowski, ed. (pp. 91-107). Palgrave Macmillan US.


  1. The Future of Pets. Wall Street Journal Special Report


  1. “Forward.” In Animals in Irish Literature and Culture, Kathryn Kirkpatrick and Borbála Faragó, eds. New York: Palgrave.


  1. “Tattoos.” In Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin, eds. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.


  1. “Tattooing.” In Cultural Encyclopedia of the Penis, Michael Kimmel, Christine Milrod, Amanda Kennedy, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.


  1. “Rabbits in Captivity.” In The Ethics of Captivity. Lori Gruen, ed. New York: Oxford University Press.


  1. Book Review. Being with Animals: Why we are obsessed with the furry, scaly, feathered creatures who populate our world. In Society & Animals, 20(3). 2012.


  1. “The Illustrated Scientist.” Book Review. Science Ink. In Nature, 478, pp. 454-455, October 26, 2011.


  1. “In His Image: The Modification of Human and Animal Bodies.” In Human Nature and Self Design, Schleidgen, Sebastian, Michael Jungert, Robert Bauer, and Verena Sandow eds. Paderborn, Germany: Mentis Publishing.


  1. “Blurring the Divide: Human and Animal Body Modification.” In A Companion to the Anthropology of Bodies/Embodiments, Fran Mascia-Lees, ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 338-352.


  1. “Becoming Rabbit: Living with and Knowing Rabbits.” Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Volume 83, Spring 2010, pp. 237-252.


  1. (With Ken Shapiro.) “The State of Human-Animal Studies.” Society and Animals Vol 18 No 3: 307-318.


  1. “The Alteration of Animal Bodies.” In Encyclopedia of Animal Rights, Marc Bekoff, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.


  1. “Animal Rescue Groups.” In Encyclopedia of Animal Rights, Marc Bekoff, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.


  1. “Rabbits.” In Encyclopedia of Animal Rights, Marc Bekoff, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.


  1. “The Present and Future of Animal Domestication.” In A Cultural History of Animals: Volume 6, The Modern Age, Randy Malamud, ed. Oxford: Berg Publishers, pp. 67-94.


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


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


  1. “The Anthropology of Tattooing.” In Cultural Anthropology: the Human Challenge, by William Haviland, et al. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.


  1. “‘Not Just For Bikers Anymore’: Popular Representations of American Tattooing.” Journal of Popular Culture 29 (3): 37-52.


  1. “The Carnivalesque Body: Women and Tattoos.” In Pierced Hearts and True Love:  A Century of Drawings for Tattoos (catalogue). Pp. 73-79.  New York: The Drawing Center.


  1. “The Convict Body: Tattooing Among American Male Prisoners.” Anthropology Today 9 (6): 10-13.


  1. “Anchors, Hearts and Eagles: From the Literal to the Symbolic in American Tattooing.” Literacies: Writing Systems and Literate Practices.  Davis Working Papers in Linguistics 4.  David Schmidt and Janet Smith, eds.  Pp. 93-110.



“Intersectionality in Human-Animal Studies.” Invited talk at 8th Annual Animal Law Review Symposium. Lewis & Clark Law Program, Portland, Oregon, March 15, 2019.

“The Communicative Power of a Voiceless Species: An Exploration of How House Rabbits Alter Space, Create Relationships, and Communicate with People. Text, Animals.” Invited paper. Environments. Zoopoetics and Environmental Poetics Conference, Hannover, Germany, October 12-14, 2016.

“The Rabbits of Okunoshima: Rewilding the Domestic or Domesticating the Wild?” Poster presentation. World Lagomorph Conference, University of California, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA, July 11-15, 2016.

“Consciousness in Animals.” Pre-conference workshop. The Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson, AZ, April 25-30, 2016.

“Not Just Makeup: Body Adornments throughout History.” Invited talk for the 2016 Kreines Lecture at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 13, 2016.

“Animal Biographies on Social Media.” Animal Biographies: Recovering Selfhood. University of Kassel, Germany, March 9-11, 2016.

“Crime, Punishment and Tattoos: Marking Deviance on the Body.” Keynote Presentation. 7th Annual GGSA Conference, Configurations of Human Bodies, Ohio State University, Feb 27-28, 2015.

“Human-Animal Studies: An International Perspective.” Invited Talk at the 17th Meeting of the International Society for Comparative Psychology, September 11, 2014, Bogota, Colombia.

Panel Moderation. The Animal Turn and the Law: The First Annual EU Animal Law Conference, April 4-5, 2014, Basel, Switzerland.

“Who Goes to the Rainbow Bridge? Conceptions of the Afterlife for Non-Human Animals.” Invited Talk at the Messerli Research Institute, Vienna, Austria, April 10, 2014.

“Teaching Human-Animal Studies Using Videos and the Internet.” Keynote Presentation at the Living with Animals conference, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, VA: March 2013.

“Gender and Body Modifications.” Invited Talk. Aquinas College, Women’s Studies Center, September 2012.

“In His Own Image: The Modification of Human and Animal Bodies.”  Invited Paper presented at The Human Nature and Self Design conference, Interdepartmental Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, Tubingen, Germany: August 2009.

“The Social Life of Rabbits.”  Paper presented at The International Society for Anthrozoology conference, “The Social Lives of Animals: Human/Non-human Cognition, Interactions, Relationships.” Canton, OH: August 2003.

“Whores, Witches and Virgins: Rabbits in Myth and Folklore.” Paper presented at Second Biannual Conference of Nature in Legend and Story (NILAS). Canton, OH: August 2003.

“Framing Tattoos:  From Bodily Disfigurement to Work of Art.” Invited Paper presented at “Getting Inked,” at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit: April 1997.

“The Ideology of the Primitive in contemporary American Tattooing.” Paper presented at the California Studies Conference.  San Francisco: February 1997.

“The New American Tattoo:  The Appropriation and Commodification of Difference.” Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.  San Francisco: December 1996.

“Telling Bodies:  How Middle-Class Tattoo Wearers Use Personal Narrative to Redefine Community, History, Identity.” Paper presented at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting.  Kansas City: November 1996.

Chair and panelist on “The History of American Tattooing.” Popular Culture Association Annual Meeting. Presented paper, “The Carnivalesque Body:  Tattooed Women as Sideshow Attractions.” Chicago: April 1994.

Invited to chair a panel on “Fetishes, Commercialism and the Body” at the Joint Meeting of the California American Studies Association and the Rocky Mountain American Studies Association. Reno: May 1993.

“Jailhouse Tattooing.”  Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.  San Francisco: December 1993.

“From East to West and Back Again:  Multiculturalism in American Tattooing.”  Paper presented at the California American Studies Association Annual Meeting.  Fullerton: May 1992.



Associate Editor, Society & Animals Journal

Program Director, Human Animal Studies Program, Animals & Society Institute

Advisory Committee, Kerulos Institute

Past President, House Rabbit Society

Director, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary



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