Professor Emerita
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Serena Nanda is professor emeritus of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. She is the co-author of two textbooks, Cultural Anthropology (12th edition) and Culture Counts (5th edition, forthcoming). Her published works include Neither Man nor Woman: The Hijras of India, winner of the l990 Ruth Benedict Prize (2nd edition l999); Gender Diversity: Cross Cultural Variations (2nd edition 2014); and Cultural Pluralism and Law (3rd. edition, with Jill Norgren). She is also the Associate Editor for the Gender section of the International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (2015), and has written two anthropological murder mysteries, Gift of a Bride and Assisted Dying (with Joan Gregg). Nanda has also authored many encyclopedia articles on the hijras, sex/gender diversity, love and marriage in India, museum studies, and teaching anthropology. Her latest book, Love and Marriage: Cultural Diversity in a Changing World was published by Waveland Press in 2019.