Anthropologist; professor of anthropology. Born– November 7, 1944, Birmingham. Parents– Henry M. and Zoe (Martin) Godschalk. Married– Dennis Ahern, May 11, 1966. Education– University of Michigan, B.A., 1966; Cornell University, Ph.D., 1971. Assistant professor of anthropology, Yale University, 1972-74; Johns Hopkins 1974-1994; Princeton, 1994-2001; currently a professor of socio-anthropology at New York University. Founding editor of the journal Anthropology Now. Author of many professional articles and presentations; member of the American Anthropological Association, the American Ethnological Association, the Royal Anthropological Institute, and the Association for Feminist Anthropology.  Winner of the 2009 Diana Forsythe Prize for the best book of feminist anthropology, for Bipolar Expeditions.


Contemporary Authors online; NYU website.


Bipolar Expeditions:  Mania and depression in American Culture.  Princeton University Press, 2007.

Chinese Ritual and Politics. New York; Cambridge University Press, 1981. {Books written before 1984 were  published under the name “Ahern, Emily Martin.”}

The Cult of the Dead in a Chinese Village. Stanford; Stanford University Press, 1973.

Flexible Bodies; Tracking Immunity in American Culture from the Days of Polio to the Age of AIDS.  Boston; Beacon Press, 1994.

Religion and Ritual in Chinese Society. Stanford; Stanford University Press, 1974.

The Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction.  Boston:  Beacon Press, 1987.

Women in the Chinese Society. Stanford; Stanford University Press, 1975.


Imagining Illness;  Public Health and Visual Culture.  University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Studies in Chinese Society. Stanford, 1978.


The Anthropology of Taiwanese Society. Stanford; Stanford University Press, 1981.