Research Interests: Globalization, urbanism, medical anthropology, gender, race, ethnicity, social movements; United States urban populations, Africa
Leith Mullings, who serves as president of the American Anthropological Association, works in the area of race, class, and gender and applies that framework to various topics, most notably health. The executive board of the Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) called her “the most influential scholar in the field of North American anthropology.” Among the books she has written and edited are New Social Movements in the African Diaspora: Challenging Global Apartheid (2009), editor; Gender, Race, Class and Health: Intersectional Approaches (2006), coedited with Amy Schulz; Stress and Resilience: The Social Context of Reproduction in Central Harlem (2001), with Alaka Wali; On Our Own Terms: Race, Class and Gender in the Lives of African American Women (1997); Cities of the United States: Studies in Urban Anthropology (1987), editor; and Therapy, Ideology and Social Change: Mental Healing in Urban Ghana (1984).
With Manning Marable, Mullings compiled Freedom: A Photographic History of the African American Struggle (2002), which was awarded a Krazna-Krausz Foundation Book Prize, and Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal (2000; 2009). Her recent articles have appeared in Annual Review of Anthropology; Transforming Anthropology; and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. Mullings has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kellogg Foundation, and the National Park Service. She has been awarded the SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America and the French-American Foundation Prize: Chair in American Civilization, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. She is currently working on two projects: an ethnohistory of the African Burial Ground and a hemispheric initiative on racism, displacement, and antiracist strategies among Afro-descendants and indigenous peoples. Mullings received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.