Social-cultural theory. Gender studies. Anthropology of aging. Medical anthropology. Person and self. Immigrant and transnational communities. South Asia. South Asian Americans.
Sarah Lamb, Professor of Anthropology, is a cultural anthropologist who studies the ways people construct their social-cultural worlds and identities, particularly surrounding gender, aging, the body, family, and nation. She critically investigates everyday life practices and experiences, medical and legal discourses, and taken-for-granted assumptions, as a means to understand both how social-cultural worlds are made, and the nature of the particular forms of gender and aging (body, nation, etc.) that people believe in. After undergraduate training in religious studies at Brown University and graduate training in anthropology at the University of Chicago, she became a postdoctoral fellow in medical anthropology and sociocultural gerontology at the University of California-San Francisco. Her primary ethnographic research has been carried out in West Bengal, India and among Indian immigrants in the San Francisco and Boston areas of the United States. She is the author of White Saris and Sweet Mangoes: Aging, Gender and Body in India, co-editor (with Diane Mines) of Everyday Life in South Asia (1st and 2nd editions), and author of many other articles and book reviews. Her third book, Aging and the Indian Diaspora: Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad (2009), explores the ways middle class Indians--at home and in the U.S.--are reconfiguring aging as they confront, at once embracing and challenging, processes they associate with "modern," "Western," and "global" living. Dr. Lamb teaches a range of courses, including "Contemporary Anthropological Theory," "Anthropology of Gender," "Aging in Cross-Cultural Perspective," "Global, Transnational and Diasporic Communities," "South Asian Cultures and Societies," "Anthropology of the Body," and "Medicine, Body and Culture." A firm believer in interdisciplinary approaches, Dr. Lamb co-chairs Brandeis's South Asian Studies Program and serves on the steering committees for Women's and Gender Studies, and Health: Science, Society and Policy. She is also a member of Brandeis's Lifespan Initiative on Healthy Aging. She lives with her spouse, two daughters and a dog, and for recreation enjoys running, hiking, skiing, backpacking, travel, gardening, and music.
University of Chicago, Ph.D.
University of Chicago, M.A.
Brown University, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Theodore and Jane Norman Fund for Faculty Research (2012)
Theodore and Jane Norman Award for Faculty Scholarship (2008)
Laurie Faculty Scholar Research Fellowship (2006)
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship (2005)
American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Short Term Research Fellowship (declined in favor of Fulbright-Hays) (2004)
CIES Fulbright Research Fellowship (declined in favor of Fulbright-Hays) (2004)
Marver and Sheva Bernstein Faculty Fellowship (1998 - 1999)
Louis, Frances and Jeffrey Sachar Fund (1997)
Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for Teaching (1997 - 1998)
Marc Galler Prize for finest doctoral dissertation, Division of Social Sciences, University of Chicago (1992 - 1993)
American Association for University Women American Fellowship (1991 - 1992)
American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship (1989 - 1990)
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (1989 - 1990)
Wenner-Gren Foundation Predoctoral Grant (1989 - 1990)
American Institute of Indian Studies Language Training Fellowship (1985 - 1986)
First Prize Bishop McVickar Essay Contest (for honors thesis), Brown University (1982)
|ANTH||1a||Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies|
|ANTH||111a||Aging in Cross-Cultural Perspective|
|ANTH||144a||The Anthropology of Gender|
|ANTH||244a||Gender and Sexuality Seminar|
|EL||94a||Experiential Learning Practicum|