Ellen Gruenbaum

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Ellen Gruenbaum "studied Anthropology at Stanford University (A.B.) and the University of Connecticut MA and Ph.D.). She is joining Purdue from California State University, Fresno, where she served as Professor of Anthropology and Dean of the College of Social Sciences. She has also held teaching positions at the California State University, San Bernardino, University of Wisconsin College in Manitowoc, and the University of Khartoum, Sudan. Gruenbaum is a medical anthropologist who has conducted research in Sudan and Sierra Leone on the practice of female genital cutting and the social movements against "harmful traditional practices," serving as a research consultant to UNICEF. Her interest in the controversies among cultural self-determination, international human rights, and women's rights led to her past service on the Committee for Human Rights of the American Anthropological Association and the Association for Feminist Anthropology. She currently serves as the secretary of the Society for Medical Anthropology. Gruenbaum is the author of The Female Circumcision Controversy: An Anthropological Perspective (Pennsylvania) and numerous articles and chapters. She serves on the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Middle East Women's Studies." [1]

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  1. Ellen Gruenbaum, purdue, accessed May 19, 2009.