Mari Luz Esteban gained a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (UPV/EHU, 1983) and was a Family Planning doctor in Basauri (Bizkaia). In 1993 she gained a doctorate in cultural anthropology at the University of Barcelona, with a thesis on the field of (reproductive) health and gender. In 1994 she joined the University of León (1994-1996) and, later, the Public University of Navarre (1996-1998) and since 1988 she has been at the UPV/EHU, where she is a tenured lecturer in Social Anthropology and in charge of the Doctoral Programme in Feminist and Gender Studies at the same university.

After her doctoral thesis, she began to develop a new theoretical-methodological perspective –anthropology of the body—whose most important publication is Antropología del cuerpo. Género, itinerarios corporales, identidad y cambio (Barcelona: Edicions Bellaterra, 2004).  In 2011, as the result of an interdisciplinary project on love, she published a book, Crítica del Pensamiento Amoroso (Barcelona: Edicions Bellaterra, 2011), in which she rereads theoretically romantic ideology as well as offering an ethnography on love and gender.

Her works are focused academically but also socially and politically, especially in the feminist realm.

Her publications also include the following:

•Esteban, Mari Luz (2006) El estudio de la salud y el género. Las ventajas de un enfoque antropológico y feminista. Salud Colectiva, 2(1):9-20, January-April.

•Esteban, Mari Luz (2013) “Gorputzak eta politika feministak. Feminismoa gorputz gisa”. In: Castillo, Isa; Iratxe Retolaza (koord.) Genero ariketak. Feminismoaren subjektuak. Donostia: Edo! Argitaletxea, orr. 169-204.

•Medina Doménech, Rosa M.; Mari Luz Esteban; Ana Távora Rivero (2014) “Moved by love: How Love Research can change our deep-rooted emotional understandings and affective consciousness”. In: Jónasdottir, Anna G.; Ann Ferguson. Love: A Question for Feminism in the Twenty-First Century. New York/London: Routledge.

•Esteban Galarza, Mari Luz; Bullen, Margaret; Díez Mintegui, Carmen; Hernández García, Jone M.; Imaz Martínez, Elixabete (2016) Continuidades, conflictos y rupturas frente a la desigualdad: Jóvenes y relaciones de género en el País Vasco. Certámenes Emakunde. Vitoria-Gasteiz: Emakunde-Instituto Vasco de la Mujer.

•Esteban Galarza, Mari Luz and Hernández García, Jone M. (coord) (2016) Etnografia feministak. XXI. mendera begira dagoen antropologia. Bilbo: UEU and UPV/EHU.

She heads the AFIT-Antropologia Feminista Ikerketa Taldea Research Group.