Ellen Lewin

Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies; Anthropology
The University of Iowa

Ellen Lewin is a cultural anthropologist who holds a joint appointment in the departments of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies and Anthropology at The University of Iowa.  Her past research concerned issues of gender, sexuality, and reproduction, particularly in relation to efforts of sexual minorities in the US to obtain visibility and cultural legitimacy for their families.  She has written three ethnographies:  Lesbian Mothers:  Accounts of Gender in American Culture (1993), Recognizing Ourselves:  Ceremonies of Lesbian and Gay Commitment (1998), and Gay Fatherhood:  Narratives of Family and Citizenship in America (2009).  With William L. Leap of American University she has coedited three volumes of essays on lesbian/gay anthropology, Out in the Field, Out in Theory, and Out in Public;  a fourth volume, Out of Bounds, is now in preparation.  Her current project focuses on a national coalition of African American LGBT Pentecostal churches; the focus of the book she is preparing is on how ritual discourses and individual narratives understand overlapping domains of race, gender, and sexuality.