Molly Mullin, PhD

anthropologist, author, teacher, editor


Selected Works

Commentary
Is it ethical to keep backyard chickens? I contributed this short commentary to the Animals & Society Institute's page on urban chickens.
Edited volume
This book's essays consider domestication an ongoing process that involves culture and biology, humans and other species.
Ethnography
A historical and ethnographic study of the patronage of Native art in the American Southwest.

I have a B.A. in history from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Duke University. From 1993-2012 I was a professor at Albion College, in Michigan, where I taught a wide range of courses in anthropology, womenís studies, global studies, and environmental studies. A course I introduced there in 1995 on humansí relationships with other animals was one of the first anthropology courses focused on that topic.

I now live in Carrboro, North Carolina, where I am working on a book of essays I am calling Domus. Latin for a kind of rural house, domus is the origin of the word domestication. I draw on personal experience as well as on my own and othersí historical and ethnographic research to explore the political ecology of domestication.

I teach introductory anthropology courses at North Carolina State University, and I work as a freelance copyeditor and writing coach. I especially enjoy working with graduate students and junior faculty in the humanities and social sciences.