Françoise Héritier is an anthropologist. She is professor emeritus at the Collège de France and at the School of High Studies in Social Sciences.
As an Africanist researcher, she specifically worked with populations from Burkina-Faso and Mali about issues concerning parenthood and marriage, gender relationships and body representation systems.
She is also the author of Two Sisters and their mother : « The anthropology of incest” and other books in French.
She has been President of the National Council of AIDS, from its creation in 1989 to 1995, President of the Economical and Social Council (external adviser), President of the National Consultative Committee of ethics for the Life Sciences, of the Universal Academy of Cultures and of many professional committees and councils. She is Commander of Legion of Honour.