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Elizabeth  Bird

Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird


Office: SOC 156A



Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Strathclyde (U.K.)
M.A., Journalism & Mass Communications, University of Iowa
M.A., Folk Life Studies, University of Leeds (U.K.)
B.A., Anthropology, University of Durham (U.K.)


USF undergraduate and graduate classes include Research Methods, Cultural Anthropology, Folklore, Legal and Ethical Issues, Visual Anthropology, and Anthropology, Media and Culture.


For many years, my research focused on practices around the media in everyday life, with particular interests in the role of news and journalism in framing cultural issues, and the relationship of media texts and audience practices. More recently, I have been primarily working on issues of cultural heritage. In particular, I have worked since 2010 in Asaba, Nigeria, on a collaborative project that uses videotaped oral histories and survivor testimonies to document a little-known massacre of civilians that happened in 1967 during the Nigerian civil war. We plan to reclaim the history of the event, and use this both to explore the working of collective memory and to assist the community in developing public memorialization. Using funding from the American Council of Learned Societies, my co-authored book on Asaba has just been published: S.E. Bird and F. Ottanelli, The Asaba Massacre: Trauma, Memory and the Nigerian Civil War (Cambridge University Press 2017). I am now completing a second book related to personal experience in the Nigerian Civil War. For more information about the project, visit For a video that draws on our interviews and other sources, and tells the story of the massacre, visit:

I am currently collaborating with the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center, assisting with exhibit development and grants.

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