Global Health Colloquium
Arthur Kleinman, M.D., M.A.
Professor of Medical Anthropology and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University
Arthur Kleinman is professor of medical anthropology in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the Esther and Sidney Rabb professor of anthropology in the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and was appointed the Victor and William Fung director of Harvard University’s Asia Center in 2008. In 2011, Arthur Kleinman was appointed as a Harvard College Professor and received the 2011 Harvard Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award. He chaired the then Department of Social Medicine at HMS from 1990 until 2000, where from 1993-2001 he was the Presley Professor of social medicine, and chaired the Department of Anthropology at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 2004 to 2007.
Kleinman was the lead convener of an NSF-supported international conference on avian flu in December 2006 and of a conference on values in global health in May 2007. In addition, he formerly co-chaired the Global Health Committee in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, of which he remains a member. He also co-teaches a general education course on global health. In the Department of Anthropology, he directs the Medical Anthropology Program, which he founded in 1982 and through which more than 85 students have so far received a PhD (including 17 MD-PhDs). He has mentored 200 post-doctoral fellows and hundreds of undergraduate and medical students. He has delivered the William James Lecture twice at Harvard; Magisterial Lecture at the University of Milan; Institut Lecture at the Institut Pasteur in Paris; Hume Lecture at Yale; Tanner Lectures at Stanford, and has twice given the Distinguished Scholar Lecture at NIH. Kleinman is a former member of the Advisory Council of the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, and of NIH’s Council of Councils. He has been a fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies since 1983, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1992. He is also a Distinguished Life Time Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has received an honorary doctor of science degree from York University (Canada); the Doubleday Award University of Manchester (UK); the Franz Boas award, the highest award of the American Anthropological Association; and the Welcome Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (UK).
Organized by the Program in Global Health & Health Policy and the Department of East Asian Studies. Co-sponsored by the Center for Health & Wellbeing, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, and the Department of Anthropology.