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Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801

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Grants

  • 1993 Small Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. For fieldwork on Beng infants, summer 1993.
  • 2012 European Commission/U.S. Department of Education (via the European Union Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Faculty Research/Course Development Grant
  • 1996 Summer Faculty Award, National Endowment for the Humanities. For writing of The Afterlife Is Where We Come from: Infants and Infant Care in West Africa
  • 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.
  • 1985 Faculty Fellowship, Travel to Collections Program, National Endowment for the Humanities. To conduct research in the French National Archives (Overseas Section, Paris) on colonial-era Beng society, summer 1985.
  • 1991 Summer Faculty Award, National Endowment for the Humanities. For writing of Parallel Worlds (co-authored with Philip Graham).
  • 1992-93 Fellowship for University Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities, To research a new project on cultural constructions of Beng infancy, AY 1992-93. Release from two semesters of teaching plus fieldwork funds
  • 1999 Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. For writing of The Afterlife Is Where We Come from: Infants and Infant Care Practices in West Africa. January 1999 - December 1999
  • 2006 National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Faculty Award. For new fieldwork project among Cape Verdean immigrants in Lisbon, summer 2006.
  • 1982-83 Dissertation Grant in Women's Studies, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. For writing of dissertation, AY 1982-83.
  • 1979-81 International Doctoral Research Fellowship, Africa Program, Social Science Research Council. For fourteen months of doctoral fieldwork among the Beng of Ivory Coast and six months of dissertation write-up, Sept. 1979 – May 1981.
  • 1982-83 Constance L. Tomkies Endowed Fellowship, American Association of University Women. For writing of dissertation, AY 1982-83.

Courses

  • Combined Graduate/Advanced Undergraduate Level: Africans in Europe; Religions of Africa; Infants and Young Children in Cross-Cultural Perspective; Fieldwork in Cultural Anthropology: Theory and Method; Writing Ethnography; Cultures of Africa; Religion in Anthropological Perspective; Symbolic and Interpretive Anthropology
  • Graduate Level: Feminism, Gender and Sexuality; Feminist Theory in Anthropology; Explorations in Feminism and Postmodernism in Anthropology; Cultural Images of Women; Research Proposal Seminar; Dissertation Writing Seminar; Kinship/Culture/Power/Africa; Kinship and Social Structure in Africa; Integrated Four-Field Proseminar
  • Undergraduate Level: Memoirs of Africa; Cultural Images of Women; Women’s Lives; Women Cross-Culturally; Women in World Cultures; Images of the "Other"; Anthropology in a Changing World; Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Introduction to Social Anthropology and Ethnology; Introduction to Modern Africa

Selected Publications

Books

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Gottlieb, Alma, and Phillip Graham Braided Worlds Chicago University of Chicago Press (in press) 2012. U of Chicago Press page.
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The Restless Anthropologist: New Fieldsites, New Visions edited by Alma Gottlieb. Edited by Alma Gottlieb, Chicago University of Chicago Press (in press) 2012. U of Chicago Press page. Web page.
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 edited by Judy DeLoache. Edited by 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. Lynne 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 edited by Alma Gottlieb, edited by Thomas Buckley. Edited by Alma Gottlieb, Edited by Thomas Buckley, Berkeley University of California Press 1988.
The Afterlife Is Where We Come from: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa 2013.

Book Contributions

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

Journal Articles

Gottlieb, Alma Knowing Ed Bruner Anthropology and Humanism 30 2 2006, p. 196-200.
Gottlieb, Alma Babies' Baths, Babies' Remembrances: A Beng Theory of Development, History and Memory Africa 75 1 2005, p. 105-118.
Gottlieb, Alma The Afterlife Is Where We Come from: Infancy in West Africa Expeditions 41 4 2004, p. 381-390.
Gottlieb, Alma Secrets and Society: The Beng of Côte d'Ivoire Mande Studies 1 2 2000, p. 129-151.
Gottlieb, Alma Where Have All the Babies Gone? Toward an Anthropology of Infants (and Their Caretakers) Anthropological Quarterly 73 3 2000, p. 121-132.
Gottlieb, Alma, and Phillip Graham Revising the Text, Revisioning the Field: Reciprocity over the Long Term Anthropology and Humanism 24 2 1999, p. 117-128.
Gottlieb, Alma Do Infants Have Religion? The Spiritual Lives of Beng Babies American Anthropologist 100 1 1998, p. 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, p. 205-210.
Gottlieb, Alma Infants, Ancestors and the Afterlife: Fieldwork's Family Values Anthropology and Humanism 23 2 1998, p. 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, p. 147-162.
Gottlieb, Alma Beyond the Lonely Anthropologist: Collaboration in Research and Writing American Anthropologist 97 1 1995, p. 21-26.
Gottlieb, Alma Of Cowries and Crying: A Beng Guide to Managing Colic Anthropology and Humanism 20 1 1995, p. 20-28.
Gottlieb, Alma The Anthropologist as Mother: Reflections on Childbirth Observed and Childbirth Experienced Anthropology Today 11 6 1995, p. 10-14.
Gottlieb, Alma Hyenas and Heteroglossia: Myth and Ritual among the Beng of Côte d'Ivoire American Ethnologist 16 3 1989, p. 487-451.
Gottlieb, Alma Rethinking Female Pollution: The Beng Case (Côte d'Ivoire) Dialectical Anthropology 14 2 1989, p. 65-80.
Gottlieb, Alma American Premenstrual Syndrome: A Mute Voice Anthropology Today 6 1988, p. 10-13.
Gottlieb, Alma Cousin Marriage, Birth Order and Gender: Alliance Models among the Beng of Ivory Coast Man 21 4 1986, p. 697-722.
Gottlieb, Alma Dog: Ally or Traitor? Mythology, Cosmology and Society among the Beng of Ivory Coast American Ethnologist 13 3 1986, p. 477-488.
Gottlieb, Alma Stalking the Wild Symbol: Reflections on Sperber and Structuralism Anthropology UCLA 13 1984, p. 61-70.
Gottlieb, Alma American's Vacations Annals of Tourism Research IX 2 1982, p. 165-187.
Gottlieb, Alma Sex, Fertility and Menstruation among the Beng of the Ivory Coast: A Symbolic Analysis Africa 52 4 1982, p. 34-47.
Gottlieb, Alma The Social Theories of Fustel and Durkheim: Toward an Analysis of a Neglected Relationship Anthropology III 1-2 1979, p. 139-153.

Special Issues of a Journal

Gottlieb, Alma The Afterlife Is Where We Come from: Infancy in West Africa Expeditions Winterth ed. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology 2004, p. 13-21.
Gottlieb, Alma Blood mysteries: Beyond menstruation as pollution - afterword Ethnology 41 4 2002, p. 381-390.