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Professor Emerita Anthropology, George Washington University

Diane Bell is a feminist anthropologist who, over the past three decades, has written with passion and courage of the rights of Indigenous women (with a particular focus on the Aboriginal people of Australia), Indigenous land rights, human rights, Indigenous religions, violence against women, the writing of feminist ethnography and more recently on environmental issues. She is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at The George Washington University, DC, USA; Writer and Editor in Residence at Flinders University, SA; Visiting Professor at University of Adelaide, SA; Chair of the River, Lakes and Coorong Action Group Inc. Her books include Daughters of the Dreaming (1983/93); Generations: Grandmothers, mothers, and daughters (1987); Law: The old and the new (1980); Religion in Aboriginal Australia (co-edited 1984); and Radically Speaking: Feminism reclaimed (co-edited 1996). Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A world that is, was, and will be (1998), which won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award and was short listed for the Age Book of the Year Award, the Queensland Premier’s History Award and the Australian Literary Society Gold Medallion; Evil: A novel (2005) (which was made into a play and performed in DC and Adelaide); Kungun Ngarrindjeri Miminar Yunnan: Listen to Ngarrindjeri Women Speaking (2008).


  • 1989–2005
    Professor of Anthropology and Director of Women's Studies, George Washington University, DC, USA


  • 1981 
    ANU, PhD Social Anthropology
  • 1975 
    Monash University, BA (hons)
  • 1961 
    Frankston Teachers' College, TPTC

Research Areas

  • Anthropology (1601)
  • Creative Writing (Incl. Playwriting) (190402)
  • Feminist Theory (220306)
  • Environmental Politics (160605)