Cora Du Bois
Date of Birth  :
1903-25-10 - 199-07-04
Place of Birth  :
Country  :
United Kingdom
Field of Expertise  :
Educational background  :

BA in history in 1927

MA in history from Columbia University in 1928

Ph.D in anthropology from the University of California.

Acheivements / Contributions  :

  • In 1935, Du Bois received a National Research Council Fellowship to undertake clinical training and explore possible collaborations between anthropology and psychiatry.

  • She was chosen for The Zemurray-Stone Chair at Harvard University, which was an honor that only one other woman before her had known (Peabody Museum, 1998).

  • In 1927 she began her most renowned field research on the island of Alor, which at that time belonged to the Netherlands East Indies but is now called Indonesia.

  • She then used this investigate to compare the culture and personality behaviors of the Alorese to those in the United States and, although her work was cut short by World War II, she made important progress in the field of ethnoanthropology.

  • She concluded her ethnoanthropology study in Asia with the profound statement, "People without culture are inconceivable. Similarly, culture without man is meaningless."

source:Cora Du Bois

Bibliography  :
The 1870 Ghost Dance,The People of Alor: A Social-Psychological Study of an East Indian Island,The People of Alor: A Social-Psychological Study of an East Indian Island