Jessica Bell Rizzolo

Jessica   Bell Rizzolo
  • PhD Alumna
  • Department of Sociology
  • M.A.,Northwestern University 2010
  • B.S., Northwestern University 2008


Jessica Bell Rizzolo


Jessica Bell Rizzolo earned her Dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy, with specializations in Animal Studies and Conservation Criminology. Her research interests include the illegal wildlife trade, wildlife tourism, discursive representations of animals, and the intersection of animal welfare and conservation. Her current research uses qualitative and quantitative data to examine the links between wildlife commodification (wildlife farming and wildlife tourism), legal context, and wildlife consumption. She also has a M.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University and training in trans-species psychology, which she applies in her capacity as director of the Asian Elephant Program at the Kerulos Center. Jessica’s work has appeared in Society & Animals, Crime, Law and Social Change,and numerous edited books. She received a UCLA Animal Law and Policy Grant in 2019 for her work on the wildlife trade, and she has presented at numerous international conferences, including the Conservation Geopolitics Forum at Oxford University, Conservation Asia, the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies, and the International Conference on Asian Elephants in Culture and Nature. 


  • Environmental Science and Policy Program
  • Animal Studies


Rizzolo, J.B. & G.A. Bradshaw. (2019). Nonhuman Animal Nations: Transforming Conservation into Wildlife Self-Determination. Society & Animals, In Press.

Stuart, D. & J.B. Rizzolo. (2019). Conservation Biologists and theRepresentation of At-Risk Species: Navigating Ethical Tensions in an EvolvingDiscipline.Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 32(2), 219-238.   

Rizzolo, J.B. & G.A. Bradshaw. (2018). Human Leisure/Elephant Breakdown: Impacts of Tourism on Asian Elephants. In N. Carr and J. Young (Eds.), Wild Animals and Leisure: Rights and Wellbeing. New York: Routledge.

Rizzolo, J.B., M.L. Gore, J.H. Ratsimbazafy, & A. Rajaonson. (2017). Cultural Influences on Attitudes about the Causes and Consequences of Wildlife Poaching. Crime, Law, and Social Change, 67(4), 415-437.  

Rizzolo, J.B.(2017). Exploring the Sociology of Wildlife Tourism, Global Risks, and Crime. In M. Gore (Ed.), Conservation Criminology: The Nexus of Crime, Risk and Natural Resources. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kalof, L, J. Zammit-Lucia, J. Bell, & G. Granter. (2016). Fostering Kinship with Animals: Animal Portraiture in Humane Education. Environmental Education Research, 22(2), 203-228. 

Rizzolo, J.B. & G.A. Bradshaw. (2016). Prevalence and Patterns of Complex PTSD in Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus).  In A. Manatunga (Ed.), Asian Elephants in Culture and Nature. Kelaniya, Sri Lanka: Centre for Asian Studies, University of Kelaniya.

Bell, J. (2015). Ideology, Subjectivity and Mind in Animal Models and Infant Research. In D. Moorehead (Ed.), Animals in Human Society: Amazing Creatures who Share our Planet. Washington, DC: University Press of America.   

Bell, J. (2015). Hierarchy, Intrusion and the Anthropomorphism of Nature: Hunter and Rancher Discourse on North American Wolves. In P. Masius and J. Sprenger (Eds.), A Fairytale in Question: Historical Interactions Between Humans and Wolves. Cambridge UK: The White Horse Press.

Bell, J. (2015). There Is No Wild: Conservation and Circus Discourse. Society and Animals, 23(5), 462-483.