S. Elizabeth Bird is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of South Florida. Her research has focused on media studies, and she has published four books and over 70 articles in that area. Her current work focuses on issues of collective memory and heritage, with a particular focus on Nigeria.
She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania, and serves on several journal editorial boards. She was the 2009 winner of the Communication Research as Open Field Award, presented by the International Communication Association, and was inducted as a Fellow of ICA in May 2014. Most recently, she was awarded an American Council for Learned Societies Collaborative Fellowship (with Fraser Ottanelli, History, University of South Florida), to complete research and writing for a book on the history and memory of the 1967 Asaba Massacre, which occurred during the Nigerian Civil War.