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Arthur Kleinman

Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Anthropology Department at Harvard University

Areas of expertise

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Global Mental Health
  • Illness Experience
  • Social Suffering
  • China and Taiwan

Major works

Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person (2011);
What Really Matters: Living a Moral Life amidst Uncertainty and Danger (2007);
The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing, And The Human Condition (1989)

About Me

Dr. Kleinman is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor in the Anthropology Department in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, a Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Victor and William Fung Director of Harvard University’s Asia Center. Dr. Kleinman is a pioneering figure in medical anthropology and author of numerous influential works. Trained as a psychiatrist, Dr. Kleinman has devoted his life to understanding illness experience, mental health and stigma, and forms of care and caregiving globally with special focus on China.

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