Shirley Lindenbaum

(MA U Sydney 1970; Prof Emerita) Ethnology, medical anthropology, symbolism; Oceania, Bangladesh (

Shirley Lindenbaum is a cultural anthropologist whose areas of research include the study of “kuru” in Papua New Guinea, cholera in Bangladesh, and AIDS in the United States. She is currently working with a Social Science Research Council committee to identify the critical issues and needs of sexuality research and training in the United States, and with an Office of AIDS Research Working Group identifying high priority topics in international HIV prevention research as well as in the United States. Her current writing projects include changing forms of historical consciousness based on narratives collected in New Guinea from the 1960’s to the present.

Selected Bibliography

  • 2002 “Fore Narratives Through Time: How a Bush Spirit Became a Robber, Was Sent to Jail, Emerged as a Symbol of Eastern Highlands Province, and Never Left Home,” Current Anthropology, 43 (Supplement, August-October): 63-74.
  • 2001 “Kuru, Prions, and Human Affairs: Thinking About Epidemics,” Annual Review of Anthropology, pp 363-385.
  • 1998 “Images of Catastrophe,” in Merrill Singer (ed), The Political Economy of AIDS. New York: Baywood Publishing Co.
  • 1993 Knowledge, Power and Practice: The Anthropology of Medicine and Everyday Life. Shirley Lindenbaum and Margaret Lock (eds). University of California Press.
  • 1990 “The Education of Women and the Mortality of Children in Bangladesh,” inEpidemiological Perspectives on Populations in Transition, A.C.Swedlund and George Armelagos (eds), Bergin Publishers.
  • 1979 Kuru Sorcery: Disease and Danger in the New Guinea Highlands. Palo Alto, CA: Mayfield
  • 1972 The Time of AIDS: Social Analysis, Theory and Method. edited by Gilbert Herdt and Shirley Lindenbaum. Sage Publications.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.