University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Anthropology

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Dr. Alma Gottlieb

Professor of Anthropology
Professor of Center for African Studies
Professor of LAS Global Studies
Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Center for Global Studies
European Union Center

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Research Interests

Gender and sexuality, feminist theory; anthropology of the body, cultures of health; religion, ritual, performance; indigenous religions, comparative Judaism; family, infants and young children; epistemology of fieldwork, ethnographic writing, issues of representation, interpretive theory; immigration, globalization; West Africa, contemporary West African diaspora in Europe and the U.S.

Grants

  • 2015 Jacobs Foundation (Zurich). Residency fellowship at Marbach Castle (Germany) to complete A World of Babies (fully revised second edition, co-edited with Judy DeLoache). Summer 2015.
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  • 2012 European Commission/U.S. Department of Education (via the European Union Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Faculty Research/Course Development Grant
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  • 1993 Small Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. For fieldwork on Beng infants, summer 1993.
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Publications

Books

  • The Afterlife Is Where We Come from: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa. 2013.
  • Gottlieb, Alma, and Phillip Graham. Braided Worlds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (in press) , 2012.
  • The Restless Anthropologist: New Fieldsites, New Visions. Ed. Alma Gottlieb. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (in press) , 2012.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. The Afterlife Is Where We Come from: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa . Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Seven Societies. Ed. Judy DeLoache. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. Under the Kapok Tree: Identity and Difference in Beng Thought. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
  • Gottlieb, Alma, and M. L. Murphy. Beng-English Dictionary. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Linguistics Club, 1995.
  • Gottlieb, Alma, and Phillip Graham. Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa . Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
  • Gottlieb, Alma, and Phillip Graham. Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa. New York: Crown/Random House, 1993.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. Under the Kapok Tree: Identity and Difference in Beng Thought.. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (African Systems of Thought Series), 1992.
  • Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation. Ed. Alma Gottlieb and Thomas Buckley. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Book Contributions

  • "First Acts of Violence: Reflections on Breastfeeding and Enemas in West Africa." Childhood, Youth and Violence in Global Contexts: Researchers and Practitioners in Dialogue. Palgrave, 2014.
  • "Detaching from Attachment Theory: Perspectives from the West African Rain Forest." The Different Faces of Attachment. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • "Two Visions of Africa: Reflections on Fieldwork in an ‘Animist Bush’ and an Urban Diaspora." The Restless Anthropologist: New Fieldsites, New Visions. University of Chicago Press, 2012.
  • Gottlieb, Alma, and Phillip Graham. "Mad to be Modern." Being There: Learning to Live Cross-Culturally.. Ed. Sarah Davis and Melvon Konner. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Who Minds the Baby? Beng Perspectives on Mothers, Neighbors, and Strangers as Caretakers." Substitute Parents: Alloparenting in Human Societies. Ed. Gillian Bentley and Ruth Mace. Oxford: Bergahn (Biosocial Society Symposium Series), 2009.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Rituals for and Care of the Newborn." The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion,. Ed. Richard Shweder, Thomas Bidell, Anne Dailey, Suzanne Dixon, Peggy Miller, and John Modell. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Loggers vs. Spirits: Competing Models of the Beng Forest." African Ethnoforests: Sacred Groves, Culture, and Conservation. Ed. Celia Nyamweru. Oxford: James Currey, 2008. 149-163.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Ethnography: Theory and Methods." A Handbook for Social Science Field Research; Essays & Bibliographic Sources on Research Design and Methods. Ed. Ellen Perecman and Sara Curran. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2006. 87-117.
  • Gottlieb, Alma, and Phillip Graham. "Our Village Needs Chairs." Bridges to Friendship: Narratives on Fieldwork and Friendship. Ed. Bruce Grindal and Frank Salamone. Prospect Heights: Waveland, 2006. 204-217.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Babies’ Baths, Babies’ Remembrances: A Beng Theory of Development, History and Memory." Collective Memory and Generation in Africa. Ed. Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg. London: International African Institute, 2006.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Non-Western Approaches to Spiritual Development among Infants and Young Children: A Case Study from West Africa." The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Ed. Peter Benson, Pamela King, Linda Wagener, and Eugene Roehlkepartain. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2005. 150-162.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "From Pollution to Love Magic: The New Anthropology of Menstruation." Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Ed. Carolyn Sargent and Caroline Brettell. Upper Saddle River: Pretice-Hall, 2004. 256-267.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Foreword: Falling into Trust." Knowing Bodies, Feeling Minds: Towards Embodied Teaching and Learning. Ed. Liora Bresler. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2004. 1-5.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Beng." Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World’s Cultures. Ed. Carol Ember and Melvin Ember. New York: Kluwer/Plenum, 2003. 323-333.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Interpreting Gender and Sexuality: Approaches from Cultural Anthropology." Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines. Ed. Jeremy MacClancy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002. 167-189.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Deconstructing the Notion of ‘Education’: A View from West Africa." Research in International Education: Experience, Theory and Practice. Ed. Liora Bresler and Alexandre Ardichvili. New York/Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2002. 83-101.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Luring Your Child into this Life: A Beng Path for Infant Care (Côte d’Ivoire)." A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Seven Societies. Ed. Judy DeLoache and Alma Gottlieb. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 55-89.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Où sont partis tous les bébés? Pour une anthropologies du nourisson [Where Have All the Babies Gone? Toward an Anthropology of Infants]." En substances: Systèmes, critiques et symboliques -- Textes pour Françoise Héritier. Ed. Emmanuel Terray and Jean-Luc Janard. Paris: Favard, 2000. 367-385.
  • Gottlieb, Alma, and Bertin Kouadio. "Peoples and Cultures of Ivory Coast." Encyclopedia of Sub-Saharan Africa. Ed. John Middleton. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Blood." The Blackwell Dictionary of Anthropology. Ed. Thomas Barfield. Oxford: Blackwell, 1997. 41-42.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Blood Pacts/Blood Covenants." The Blackwell Dictionary of Anthropology. Ed. Thomas Barfield. Oxford: Blackwell, 1997. 42-43.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Menstruation." The Blackwell Dictionary of Anthropology. Ed. Thomas J. Barfield. Oxford: Blackwell, 1997. 320-321.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Rethinking Female Pollution: The Beng Case." Beyond the Second Sex: New Directions in the Anthropology of Gender. Ed. Peggy Sanday and Ruth Goodenough. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania PRess, 1990. 113-138.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Witches, Kings, and the Sacrifice of Identity; or, The Power of Paradox and the Paradox of Power among the Beng of Ivory Coast." Creativity of Power: Cosmology and Action in African Societies. Ed. W. Arens and Ivan Karp. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989. 245-272.
  • Gottlieb, Alma, and Thomas Buckley. "A Critical Appraisal of Theories of Menstrual Symbolism." Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation. Ed. Thomas Buckley and Alma Gottlieb. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. 1-50.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Claude Lévi-Strauss." Book of Days 1988: An Encyclopedia of Resource Guides on Historical Figures and Events. Ann Arbor: Pieria Press, 1988. 658-660.

Journal Articles

  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Knowing Ed Bruner." Anthropology and Humanism 30.2 (2006): 196-200.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Babies' Baths, Babies' Remembrances: A Beng Theory of Development, History and Memory." Africa 75.1 (2005): 105-118.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "The Afterlife Is Where We Come from: Infancy in West Africa." Expeditions 41.4 (2004): 381-390.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Secrets and Society: The Beng of Côte d'Ivoire." Mande Studies 1.2 (2000): 129-151.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Where Have All the Babies Gone? Toward an Anthropology of Infants (and Their Caretakers)." Anthropological Quarterly 73.3 (2000): 121-132.
  • Gottlieb, Alma, and Phillip Graham. "Revising the Text, Revisioning the Field: Reciprocity over the Long Term." Anthropology and Humanism 24.2 (1999): 117-128.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Do Infants Have Religion? The Spiritual Lives of Beng Babies." American Anthropologist 100.1 (1998): 122-135.
  • Gottlieb, Alma, Judy S. DeLoache, Sophia L. Pierrpitsakos, David H. Uttal, and Karl S. Rosengren. "Grasping the Nature of Pictures." Psychological Science 9.3 (1998): 205-210.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Infants, Ancestors and the Afterlife: Fieldwork's Family Values." Anthropology and Humanism 23.2 (1998): 121-126.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Fabrication d'un Premier Dictionnaire de la Langue Beng : Quelques Considérations éthiques [Construction of a First Dictionary of the Beng Language: Some Ethical Considerations]." Journal des Anthropologues 70 (1997): 147-162.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Beyond the Lonely Anthropologist: Collaboration in Research and Writing." American Anthropologist 97.1 (1995): 21-26.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Of Cowries and Crying: A Beng Guide to Managing Colic." Anthropology and Humanism 20.1 (1995): 20-28.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "The Anthropologist as Mother: Reflections on Childbirth Observed and Childbirth Experienced." Anthropology Today 11.6 (1995): 10-14.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Hyenas and Heteroglossia: Myth and Ritual among the Beng of Côte d'Ivoire." American Ethnologist 16.3 (1989): 487-451.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Rethinking Female Pollution: The Beng Case (Côte d'Ivoire)." Dialectical Anthropology 14.2 (1989): 65-80.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "American Premenstrual Syndrome: A Mute Voice." Anthropology Today 6 (1988): 10-13.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Cousin Marriage, Birth Order and Gender: Alliance Models among the Beng of Ivory Coast." Man 21.4 (1986): 697-722.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Dog: Ally or Traitor? Mythology, Cosmology and Society among the Beng of Ivory Coast." American Ethnologist 13.3 (1986): 477-488.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Stalking the Wild Symbol: Reflections on Sperber and Structuralism." Anthropology UCLA 13 (1984): 61-70.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "American's Vacations." Annals of Tourism Research IX 2 (1982): 165-187.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "Sex, Fertility and Menstruation among the Beng of the Ivory Coast: A Symbolic Analysis." Africa 52.4 (1982): 34-47.
  • Gottlieb, Alma. "The Social Theories of Fustel and Durkheim: Toward an Analysis of a Neglected Relationship." Anthropology III.1-2 (1979): 139-153.