Lilith Mahmud

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Associate Professor of Anthropology
School of Social Sciences

Ph.D., Harvard University, Anthropology
M.A., Harvard University, Social Anthropology
B.A., Columbia University, Anthropology, Psychology


University of California, Irvine
Department of Anthropology
3312 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Freemasonry, elites, gender, race, nationalism, citizenship, critical studies of Europe, secrecy, transparency, knowledge production, liberalism, the Right.
2014. "The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters: Gender, Secrecy, and Fraternity in Italian Masonic Lodges." Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Barnes and Noble:

2013. "The Profane Ethnographer: Fieldwork with A Secretive Organisation." In Organisational Anthropology: doing ethnography in and among complex organisations. Garsten, Christina and A. Nyqvist, eds. London: Pluto Press; 189-207.

2012. "In The Name of Transparency: Gender, Terrorism, and Masonic Conspiracies in Italy." Anthropological Quarterly. 85.4: 1177-1207.

2012. "'The world is a forest of symbols': Italian Freemasonry and the practice of discretion." American Ethnologist 39.2: 425-438.

2011. “An Alliance of Women: Immigration and the Politics of Race by Heather Merrill." Book review. American Ethnologist 38.3: 596-597

2009. "Masquerades of Modernity: Power and Secrecy in Casamance, Senegal by Ferdinand de Jong." Book review. American Ethnologist 36.4: 814.

2008. "Inclusionary rhetoric/exclusionary practices : left-wing politics and migrants in Italy by Davide Pero’." Book review. American Ethnologist 35.2: 2086-2088.
UCI CORCL Single Investigator Grant.
UCI Humanities Collective Collaborative Research Grant.
Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies Writing Fellowship.
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Fieldwork grant.
Professional Societies
American Anthropological Association
Association for Feminist Anthropology
American Ethnological Society
Society for the Anthropology of Europe
National Women's Studies Association
Other Experience
Book Reviews Editor
American Anthropologist 2010—2013

Evaluator, Social Sciences Framework Research Programme 7 grants
European Commission Reserch Directorate General 2008—2009

Shadow Editor
Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe 2005—2007

Publications & Projects Chair
Society for the Anthropology of Europe 2017—2019

Research Center
Center for Ethnography
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