Emeritus Faculty

lipumaEdward Li Puma

Professor Emeritus



A cultural anthropologist, Dr. LiPuma has conducted influential research on a variety of topics ranging from kinship structures to the social practices involved in the utilization of financial instruments such as derivatives.

Some of Dr. LiPuma's publications include the following books:

2004      Financial derivatives and the globalization of risk. (with Benjamin Lee) Duke University Press. 

2001      Encompassing others: The magic of modernity in Melanesia. University of Michigan Press. 

1988      The gift of kinship: Structure and practice in Maring social organization. Cambridge University Press. 


linda taylorLinda Taylor

Professor Emerita


Dr. Taylor is a biological anthropologist and primatologist with a focus on primate behavior and the lemurs of Madagascar.  Her research investigates intersections of biological and social relationships. Dr. Taylor has conducted field research on howling monkeys in Costa Rica,  kinship, social power and aging at the Duke Lemur Center, and behavioral ecology of free-ranging lemurs at the Lemur Conservation Foundation. Her publications include an invited book chapter “Old Lemurs: Data on Behavior and Reproduction from the Duke University Primate Center” in Elwyn Simons: A Search For Origins (Springer 2008).  Her other papers range across many aspects of biological anthropology, including commingled human burials, mouse lemurs, and early food traditions of Key West.  Her work as a mentor was highlighted in an invited lecture on women in science she presented at the University of Texas (San Antonio), “ XX Rated Science: Women in Primatology” in 2014.

Dr. Taylor serves as a member of the Faculty Senate and is a recipient of the University of Miami’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Research and Teaching:  Dr. Taylor serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Lemur Conservation Foundation, where she focuses on research to enhance captive conservation of several species of endangered lemurs.  She also teaches a hands-on course in ethological field methods at the Myakka City Lemur Reserve during spring break.  She is active in curriculum development, including on-line coursework and a Master’s Degree in the Professional Practice of Anthropology at the University.