Stanford was one of the birthplaces of feminist anthropology, and the Department continues that tradition with a strong focus on issues of gender and sexuality. Sylvia Yanagisako has published extensively on gender and kinship, gender and ethnicity, and gender and capitalism. Barbara Voss has published widely on the application of queer theory to archaeological methodologies, both in her own research and in collaborative publications with archaeologists from around the globe. Lochlann Jain’s research addresses the way that constructions of gender and sexuality shape the experience of cancer in the contemporary US. Miyako Inoue works on the relationship between language and gender.
Matthew Kohrman has research the cultural construction of masculinity and its effects both on social experiences of disability and the marketing of cigarettes, especially in China. Meskell has published on gender, sexuality and embodiment in Ancient Egypt and in Neolithic Anatolia. Angela Garcia works on the complex ways poverty, addiction and incarceration disproportionately affect women and their extended kin networks in the US and Mexico.
Duana Fullwiley has researched how people's claims to suffer from the recessive sickle cell trait are highly gendered in Dakar. She shows how women embody their carrier status as an actual disease in order to situate their economic and social stresses within a family nexus of dis-order. She details how women also biologize their suffering for aesthetic value in a context where displaying symptoms of "modern," non-threatening diseases can seem "feminine," or carry sex appeal.