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Alma Gottlieb is a cultural anthropologist, researcher, author, and teacher impassioned by understanding all things human. As a scholar,vshe aims to use her research to promote tolerance and reduce injustice by analyzing relations among systems of power, thought, and experience in her publications; as a teacher, she aims to use scholarly research to promote tolerance and reduce injustice by training students to be both skilled seekers and critical analysts of information. She specializes in migration/diaspora; religion/ritual; the family/child-rearing; gender/sexuality; and issues of representation/ethnographic writing. Her major research has taken her to West Africa and the contemporary African diaspora in Europe and the U.S. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and French from Sarah Lawrence College (where she studied with Sherry Ortner and Irving Goldman) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia (where she studied with Victor Turner, David Sapir, and Christopher Crocker).