Dr. A. Lynn Bolles joined the department in 1989, after serving for eight years as the Director of Africana Studies at Bowdoin College. She is also an affiliate faculty with Anthropology, African American Studies, American Studies and Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on the importance of economic analysis and on the impact of class on women in the English-speaking Caribbean.
She has published several books on Caribbean women: We Paid Our Dues: Women Trade Union Leaders in the Caribbean (1996); Sister Jamaica: A Study of Women, Work and Households in Kingston (1996); In the Shadow of the Sun, co-authored with Deere et al. (1990); and My Mother Who Fathered Me and Others: Gender and Kinship in the English-Speaking Caribbean (1988).
From 1991-1993, Dr. Bolles served as the Chair for the Africa and Africa in the Americas Committee. In 1994, she received the University of Maryland Minority Faculty of the Year Award. An active member of numerous professional organizations, Dr. Bolles has served as the President of the Association of Black Anthropologists (1983-84); the Caribbean Studies Association (1997-98), the largest and oldest scholarly organization focusing on the region; and the Association for Feminist Anthropology (2001-03). Dr. Bolles is also the president-elect of the Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) (2009-2011).
Women of Africa and the African diaspora
Political economy of women
Black feminist anthropology