Thera Rasing (Ph.D.) is an anthropologist specialised in Gender Studies and Anthropology of Religion. Her specialities are female initiation rites, gender, sexuality, African traditional religion, Christianity, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, community based volunteers, tertiary education and urbanization. She has predominantly conducted research in Zambia, but also in Malawi and Uganda. She was senior lecturer and Head of Department of Gender Studies at the University of Zambia and at the Catholic University Malawi, and taught courses at other universities in Zambia. She conducted research for the Zambian Ministry of Community Development, on health systems strengthening and development among community based volunteers, and worked at the Centre of Infectious Disease Control Zambia (CIDRZ), where she conducted research to develop new health systems to provide better services for people living with HIV. As independent consultant she conducted research for UN organisations and various NGOs.