Professor Linda L. Layne

Social Anthropology

Research Themes

After years of studying pregnancy loss I turned my attention to reproductive stories that have happy endings.

One project is All the Credit, All the Blame, an in-depth case study of one heterosexual American Single Mother by Choices that explores neoliberal cultures of parenting.

Uncanny Kinship is a comparative study of single mothers by choice, two-mom families, two-dad families, and families that have suffered a pregnancy loss, based on published first-person narratives.  A side-bar of this project is a series of review essays on gay dads and an opinion piece in BioNews.


I teach SocAnth 1 and 2 to Girton students and supervise dissertations in anthropology and sociology.


  • Affiliated Faculty, Social Anthropology
  • Visiting Professor, Reproductive Sociology Research Group


  • My first book Home and Homeland: The Dialogics of Tribal and National Identities in Jordan (Princeton University Press 1994) was reissued in 2019.
  • Selfishness and Selflessness: New Approaches to Understanding Morality, a collection of essays by anthropologists and historians will be published in the Wyse Series in Social Anthropology by Berghahn Press in March 2020.

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Linda Layne (2019)

College Role


Teaching Office(s)

  • Fellow
  • Director of Studies

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

Ph.D. (Princeton) M.Phil. (Cambridge)