Dr. Beatriz Caiuby Labate (Bia Labate) is a queer Brazilian anthropologist based in San Francisco. She has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, religion, and social justice. She is Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines and serves as Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is also Visiting Scholar at Naropa University’s Center for Psychedelic Studies and Advisor at the Synthesis Institute. Additionally, she is Diversity and Inclusion Chair at Veterans of War. Dr. Labate is a co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil and editor of its site since. She is author, co-author, and co-editor of twenty-five books, two special-edition journals, and several peer-reviewed articles.
About Dr. Labate’s books:
She is co-editor of the books O uso ritual da ayahuasca (Mercado de Letras 2002, 2004 2º ed.), O uso ritual das plantas de poder (Mercado de Letras, 2005), Drogas e cultura: novas perspectivas (Edufba 2008), Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil (Equinox, 2010), The Internationalization of Ayahuasca (Lit Verlag, 2011), Ayahuasca y Salud (Los Libros de La Liebre de Marzo, 2013), The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca (Springer, 2014), Prohibition, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights: Regulating Traditional Drug Use (Springer, 2014), Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond (Oxford Univeristy Press, 2014), Drogas, Política y Sociedad en América Latina y el Caribe (CIDE, 2015), Peyote: History, Tradition, Politics and Conservation (ABC/Clio – Praeger, 2016), Drug Policies and the Politics of Drugs in the Americas (Springer, 2016), Drogas, Políticas Públicas e Consumidores (Mercado de Letras/ Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos: 2016), The World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Reinventions and Controversies (Routledge: 2017), The Expanding World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Appropriation, Integration and Legislation (Routledge, 2018), Drogas: Perspectivas em Ciências Humanas (Gramma/ Terceiro Nome/ Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos: 2018), Política de Drogas no Brasil: Conflitos e Alternativas (Mercado de Letras/ Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos: 2018), O Uso de Plantas Psicoativas nas Américas (Gramma/ Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos: 2018), Plant Medicines, Healing and Psychedelic Science: Cultural Perspectives (Springer: 2018), co-editor of the special edition Light from the Forest: The Ritual Use of Ayahuasca in Brazil (Journal Fieldwork in Religion 2.3, 2006 – published in 2008), author of the book A reinvenção do uso da ayahuasca nos centros urbanos (Mercado de Letras, 2004), co-author of the book Religiões ayahuasqueiras: um balanço bibliográfico (Mercado de Letras, 2008), translated into english as Ayahuasca Religions: A Comprehensive Bibliography and Critical Essays (MAPS, 2009) and Música Brasileira de Ayahuasca (Mercado de Letras, 2009), translated into English as Opening the Portals of Heaven: Brazilian Ayahuasca Music (Lit Verlag, 2010). She is also author of several peer reviewed articles.