In 1975, after being denied tenure at Brown University and unsuccessfully pursuing an appeals process, Louise Lamphere sued the college in a landmark class-action case that charged Brown with sex discrimination. Following settlement, Lamphere would earn tenure at Brown before accepting another tenured position in New Mexico. Today Lamphere is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emerita at the University of New Mexico and Past President of the American Anthropological Association. During 2001-2002, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City and was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University in Fall 2007.
Lamphere’s first major publication was Woman, Culture and Society co-edited with Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo (1974). Her book on Navajo family life, To Run After Them: The Social and Cultural Bases of Cooperation in a Navajo Community, was published in 1977. She has studied issues of women and work for 25 years, beginning with her study of women workers in Rhode Island industry, From Working Daughters to Working Mothers (1977). She also coauthored a study of working women in Albuquerque entitled, Sunbelt Working Mothers: Reconciling Family and Factory (1993), with Patricia Zavella, Felipe Gonzales, and Peter Evans. Lamphere also co-edited a collection of articles with Helena Ragone’ and Patricia Zavella entitled, “Situated Lives: Gender and Culture in Everyday Life” (1997).