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Name:  Alma Gottlieb  

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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction



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Alma Gottlieb Professor of Anthropology, African Studies, LAS Global Studies, European Union Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies, at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alma Gottlieb is a cultural anthropologist. She earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in anthropology and French (1975), and her MA (1978) and PhD (1983) in cultural anthropology from the University of Virginia. Along with her authored works, she is also the editor of [ ''The Restless Anthropologist: New Fieldsites, New Visions''] (2012) and co-editor of [ ''Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation''] (with Thomas Buckley, 1988 - winner of the Most Enduring Edited Collection Award/Council for the Anthropology of Reproduction in 2002), [ ''A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Seven Societies''] (with Judy S. DeLoache, 2000). Since 1983, Gottlieb has taught anthropology, women's studies, and African studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; she has also been a visiting professor and researcher at Princeton University, Brown University, the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (Lisbon), the National University of Côte d'Ivoire (Abidjan), Lewis and Clark College (Portland), and elsewhere. Her major field research has been among the Beng people of Côte d'Ivoire and, more recently, among Cape Verdeans with Jewish heritage (on and off the islands). A past president of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, her research has been funded by the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and other agencies.

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-- Victor Turner Award/Society for Humanistic Anthropology for ''Parallel Worlds