Martha Maintyre was born in Melbourne and completed her BA (Hons) at The University of Melbourne. She then worked at Cambridge University where she taught women's studies, worked as a research assistant and did a Certificate in Social Anthropology. Her doctoral work involved a study of an island community in Papua New Guinea, and she completed her PhD in anthropology at The Australian National University in 1983. She is married and has two daughters. At present she is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Social Theory at The University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Key Centre for Women's Health. She is currently engaged in research in the Salvadoran community in Melbourne and a study of migrant women's access to and experience of health services.
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