Australasian Animal Studies Association

Boyde, Dr Melissa

Senior Research Fellow

School of the Arts, English and Media, University of Wollongong

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Research interests / activities

I am the founder and chief editor of the Animal Studies Journal, and co-editor, with Fiona Probyn-Rapsey and Yvette Watt, of the Animal Publics book series published by Sydney University Press.

My research and publications in animal studies focuses primarily on cows – in many ways this scholarly work is informed and inspired by the cows in the herd I have lived alongside for about 30 years. I also work in the fields of modernist literature and modernist Australian art and have curated a number of exhibitions of the work of Australian women modernists, shown at venues including Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Margaret Olley Arts Centre.  I co-curated the Animaladies exhibition with Yvette Watt and Madeleine Boyd at Interlude Gallery.


  • Academic Advisory board, Antennae: The Journal of Art and Nature
  • Advisory board, Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network, University of Melbourne
  • Executive committee, Animal Studies Research Network, University of Wollongong
  • Associate, NZ Centre for Human Animal Studies, University of Canterbury



Edited books, conference papers.