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Shirley Lindenbaum

Professor Emerita.  Ethnology, medical anthropology, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh (

Shirley Lindenbaum carried out fieldwork on the disease kuru in Papua New Guinea, cholera in Bangladesh, and AIDS in the United States.  She edited the American Ethnologist (1984-1989), and was Book Review Editor for Anthropology Now (2010-2013).  Her research interests include theories of disease causation, myth-history, and political economy.

  • 2015 “An annotated history of kuru,” Medicine Anthropology Theory, 2:1:95-126.
  • 2013  Kuru Sorcery: Disease and Danger in the New Guinea Highlands. Second Edition, Expanded and Updated. Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, C0
  • 2013  Entry on Cannibalism International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, Elsevier Publishers.
  • 2009  “Cannibalism, Kuru and Anthropology, Folia Neuropathologica, 47/2:138-144.
  • 2004 “Thinking About Cannibalism,” Annual Review of Anthropology, 33: 475-498.
  • 2002  “Fore Narratives Through Time: How a Bush Spirit Became a Robber, Was Sent to Jail, Emerged as a Symbol for Eastern Highlands Province, and Never Left Home,” Current Anthropology, 43 (Supplement), 63-74.
  • ‚Äč2001  “Kuru, Prions, and Human Affairs: Thinking about Epidemics,” Annual Review of Anthropology, 30:363-385.
  • 1993  Knowledge, Power and Practice: The Anthropology of Medicine and Everyday Life (co-edited with Margaret Lock), University of California Press.
  • 1992  The Time of AIDS: Social Analysis, Theory and Method (co-edited with Gilbert Herdt), University of California Press.