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Louise Lamphere

Distinguished Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

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Lamphere is an anthropologist with wide-ranging research interests, best known for her work feminist anthropology and gender issues.


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Quoted by Lena Giudi in "Lamphere's Lawsuit a Landmark for Equality," New Mexico Daily Lobo, April 1, 2015.
Quoted by Catherine Morris in "Lamphere Celebrated for Achievements in Gender Diversity," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, March 8, 2015.
Interviewed in "Five Questions for Louise Lamphere," Today at Brown, October 16, 2008.


"Providers and Staff Respond to Medicaid Managed Care: The Unintended Consequences of Reform in New Mexico" Medical Anthropology Quarterly 19, no. 1 (2005): 3-25.
Introduces this special issue of the Quarterly and assesses the unintended consequences of New Mexico’s Medicaid managed care program and its impact on providers and staff who work in clinics, physician offices, and emergency rooms where Medicaid patients are served.
Situated Lives: Gender and Culture in Everyday Life (edited with Helena Ragone and Patricia Zavella) (Routledge, 1997).
Collects more than two dozen essays focusing on the role of gender and how it affects people’s daily experiences, taking up the local impacts of global capitalism and post-colonial social structures on women's and men's bodies, their families, and work lives.
Newcomers in the Workplace: Immigrants and the Restructuring of the U.S. Economy (edited with Alex Stepick and Guillermo J. Grenier) (Temple University Press, 1994).
Documents and dramatizes the changing face of the American workplace, transformed in the 1980s by immigrant workers in all sectors. Case studies focus on three geographical regions Philadelphia, Miami, and Garden City, Kansas where the active workforce includes increasing numbers of Cubans, Haitians, Koreans, Puerto Ricans, Laotians, Vietnamese, and other new immigrants.
Structuring Diversity: Ethnographic Perspectives on the New Immigration (University Of Chicago Press, 1992).
Uses ethnographic research to explore the interaction of America's newcomers with established residents in six cities. Contributors' analyses highlight the importance of class and power as immigrants interact in the workplace, at home, at school, and in community organizations.
"From Working Daughters to Working Mothers: Immigrant Women in a New England Industrial Community" (Cornell University Press, 1987).
Offers a dynamic picture of working-class women, one that sees them not as passive victims but as active agents who draw upon a range of strategies and behaviors both to deal with their employment and to help their families cope with the industrial order.
Woman, Culture, and Society (edited with Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo) (Stanford University Press, 1974).
Brings feminist anthropological methodology to bear on the issue of women’s place in society, noting that the previous lack in interest in women in conventional anthropology constitutes a genuine deficiency that has led to distorted theories and impoverished ethnographic accounts.