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Famous Female Anthropologists

List of famous female anthropologists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female anthropologists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being anthropologists. There are thousand of females working as anthropologists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic anthropologists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a anthropologist then the people below should give you inspiration.

People here include everyone from Yolanda Murphy to Saba Mahmood.

While this isn't a list of all female anthropologists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female anthropologists?" and "Who are the best female anthropologists?"

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    Yvette Mimieux is a retired American movie and television actress. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Anthropologist, Actor
    • Credits: The Black Hole, The Time Machine, Skyjacked, Berrenger's, Where the Boys Are + 25 more
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    Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by anthropologist Louis Leakey. Her 1983 book, Gorillas in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 53 (1932-1985)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Researcher, Scientist, Zoologist
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    Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. In addition to new editions of her work being published after a revival of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 69 (1891-1960)
    • Birthplace: Notasulga, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Gilded Six Bits
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    Florinda Donner is an American writer and anthropologist known as one of Carlos Castaneda's "witches". She studied anthropology at UCLA but did not complete her degree, letting her graduate studies lapse in 1977, after having advanced to doctoral candidacy. While studying she met Castaneda and worked ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Amberg, Germany
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Author
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    Erna Gunther was an American anthropologist who taught for many years at the University of Washington in Seattle. Gunther's work on ethnobotany is still extensively consulted today. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1896-1982)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist
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    Jane Ellen Buikstra is an American anthropologist and bioarchaeologist. She is credited with coining and defining bioarchaeology in the US as the application of biological anthropological methods to the study of archaeological problems. Emphasis was placed on problem-oriented research. Relevant topics ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 70
    • Profession: Anthropologist
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    Anne Allison is a professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University in the United States, specializing in contemporary Japanese society. She wrote the book Nightwork on hostess clubs and Japanese corporate culture after having worked at a hostess club in Tokyo. She received her BA from the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 65
    • Profession: Anthropologist
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    Fiona Caroline Graham is an Australian anthropologist who works as a geisha in Japan. She made her formal debut as a geisha in 2007 in the Asakusa district of Tokyo under the name Sayuki. She teaches seminars called "Geisha Culture" and "Japanese Society in Anime" at the School of International Liberal ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Geisha, Film Director
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    Maxine L. Margolis

    Maxine L. Margolis is an American anthropologist and an inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and has been with the University since 1970. Margolis holds a Ph. D in Anthropology from Columbia University. She ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist
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    Mary Leakey was a British paleoanthropologist who discovered the first fossilised Proconsul skull, an extinct ape now believed to be ancestral to humans. She also discovered the robust Zinjanthropus skull at Olduvai Gorge. For much of her career she worked with her husband, Louis Leakey, in the Olduvai ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 83 (1913-1996)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Archaeologist
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    Ann Laura Stoler

    Ann Stoler is the Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 66
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Historian
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    Ruth Fulton Benedict was an American anthropologist and folklorist. She was born in New York City]], attended Vassar College and graduated in 1909. She entered graduate studies at Columbia University in 1919, where she studied under Franz Boas. She received her Ph.D and joined the faculty in 1923. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 61 (1887-1948)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist
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    Lesley Gill

    Lesley Gill is an author and a professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University. Her research focusses on political violence, gender, free market reforms and human rights in Latin America, especially Bolivia. She also writes about the military training that takes place at the School of the Americas ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Anthropologist
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    Judith R. Shapiro is a former President of Barnard College, a liberal arts college for women affiliated with Columbia University; as President of Barnard, she was also an academic dean within the university. She was also a professor of anthropology at Barnard. Shapiro became Barnard's 10th president in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Profession: Anthropologist
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    Johnnetta Betsch Cole is an American anthropologist, educator and museum director. Cole was the first African-American female president of Spelman College, a historically black college, serving from 1987 to 1997. She was president of Bennett College from 2002 to 2007. Since 2009, she has been Director ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Professor
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    • Profession: Anthropologist, Curator
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    Stanley Ann Dunham was the mother of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, and an American anthropologist who specialized in economic anthropology and rural development. Dunham was known as Stanley Dunham through high school, then as Ann Dunham, Ann Obama, Ann Soetoro, Ann Sutoro, and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 53 (1942-1995)
    • Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist
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    Mary Rosamund Haas was an American linguist who specialized in North American Indian languages, Thai, and historical linguistics. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1910-1996)
    • Birthplace: Richmond, Wayne Township, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Linguist, Anthropologist
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    Zelia Maria Magdalena Nuttall was an American archaeologist and anthropologist. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 76 (1857-1933)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Science writer, Archaeologist
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    Ruth Landes was an American cultural anthropologist best known for studies on Brazilian candomblé cults and her published study on the topic, City of Women. Landes is recognized by some as a pioneer in the study of race and gender relations. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 83 (1908-1991)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist
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