Marida Hollos

Professor of Anthropology


Marida Hollos came to Brown University in 1974. Her research has examined issues of fertility, sexual behavior, migration, and gender in Africa and other areas of the developing world, most recently in Tanzania and Nigeria.

Hollos's research has also addressed questions of infertility and fertility decline. She completed a project on fertility decline among the Pare in northern Tanzania and then turned her focus to Nigeria, investigating how local meanings of infertility are shaped by the prevalence, social, and cultural context of infertility and how they influence community responses, life experiences, and infertility treatment-seeking behaviors of the Ijo and Yakurr people of southern Nigeria. This research is conducted in collaboration with Oka Obono, a Mellon post-doctoral fellow at Brown and lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Fertility, Gender, Infertility, Motherhood, Nigeria, Tanzania