Alma Gottlieb

Dr. Alma Gottlieb, a cultural anthropologist specializing in African cultural traditions, and women’s and children’s lives globally, aims to share her expertise with a broad audience via innovative writing strategies.  With her writer-husband, Philip Graham, Gottlieb is the co-author of the award-winning fieldwork memoir, Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa, which has been taught at over 200 colleges internationally, and its sequel, Braided Worlds.  Her other books include the award-winning Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation and A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Eight Societies, whose Facebook page has been seen by > 750,000 viewers. 

A past president of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, Gottlieb has held fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Social Science Research Council, and other agencies.  She has held teaching and research positions in Belgium, France, Portugal, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Côte d’Ivoire.  A Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), Gottlieb is currently a Visiting Scholar in Anthropology at Brown University in Rhode Island (USA).