Margo DeMello

Adjunct Professor

PhD University of California - Davis
MA University of California - Davis
BA University of California - Berkeley 2770

Margo DeMello received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Davis in 1995. Besides her teaching, she is also the Human-Animal Studies Program Director for the Animals & Society Institute, and President of House Rabbit Society, an international rabbit advocacy organization. She conducts research on a variety of human-animal studies related topics, including rabbits, animal death, and animals in social media, also works in the field of body studies. She published the first textbook in the field of human-animal studies, as well as the first body studies textbook.


DeMello, M. (2012). Animals and society: an introduction to human-animal studies. Columbia University Press.

Shapiro, K., & DeMello, M. (2010). The state of human-animal studies. Society & Animals, 18(3), 307-318.

DeMello, M. (2013). Body studies: An introduction. Routledge.

DeMello, M. (2014). Rabbits in captivity. The ethics of captivity, 77-89.

DeMello, M. (2016). Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death. MSU Press.