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Professor Arthur Kleinman
Harvard University
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Harvard University
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The Wisdom of William James
By Colleen Walsh
Harvard Staff Writer, Gazette
Thursday, December 8, 2011

William James, an American philosopher who died more than a hundred years ago, still matters. In fact, a keynote speaker (Professor Arthur Kleinman) said, he is just what the doctor ordered.
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Reimagining Global Health:
An Introduction

Paul Farmer (Editor), Arthur Kleinman (Editor), Jim Kim (Editor), Matthew Basilico (Editor)

University of California Press

Deep China:
The Moral Life of the Person.

What Anthropology and Psychiatry Tell Us About China Today

"Deep China" was written by Arthur Kleinman together with his former students and postdoctoral fellows. Authors: Arthur Kleinman, Yunxiang Yan, Jing Jun, Sing Lee, Everett Zhang, Pan Tianshu, Wu Fei, Guo Jinhua.

Watch 'Purpose Driven Life'
Produced by Rebecca E. Rollins

Harvard Magazine
A student tribute to mentor and medical anthropologist Arthur Kleinman
Harvard Magazine Jul-Aug 20

Student and mentor: Darja Djordjevic and Arthur Kleinman
Photograph by Jim Harrison

"What Really Matters: Living a Moral Life Amidst Uncertainty and Danger"

by Arthur Kleinman,Oxford University Press

"This is a fascinating and deeply entertaining book It offers the kind of insight that makes you think and think again. The richness of the book comes mainly from the stories Dr. Kleinman tells, about patients and friends and one remarkable historical figure--complicated stories that confront life's miseries and renew the cheapened word 'inspiring.'"
-Tracy Kidder

Doubleday Award
Harvard Gazette 2004

Arthur Kleinman, Professor

Dr. Arthur Kleinman is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University and Professor of Medical Anthropology in Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

As of July 2008, he is the Victor and William Fung Director of Harvard University's Asia Center.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational History
1962 A.B. with highest honors Stanford University
1967 M.D. Stanford University
1974 M.A. in Social Anthropology, Harvard University


Arthur Kleinman (born March 11, 1941), a physician and anthropologist, is now in his 35th year at Harvard. A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, with a master’s degree in social anthropology from Harvard and trained in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Kleinman is a leading figure in several fields, including medical anthropology, cultural psychiatry, global health, social medicine, and medical humanities. Since 1978, he has conducted research in China, and in Taiwan from 1969 until 1978.

In 1973, Kleinman taught Harvard’s first course in medical anthropology, and, in 1982, he inaugurated Harvard’s PhD program in medical anthropology. He has supervised more than 75 PhD students and more than 200 postdoctoral fellows. He has also taught generations of Harvard undergraduates, medical students, master’s students, and residents.

Kleinman was chair of the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School for a decade, and, from 1993 to 2000, he was Presley Professor in that department. From 2004 through 2007, he chaired the Department of Anthropology in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and since 2008 has headed Harvard’s Asia Center as Victor and William Fung Director. Since 2002, he has served as the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in Harvard University’s Department of Anthropology (FAS) and is Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Kleinman is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 2001 winner of the Franz Boas Award of the American Anthropological Association (its highest award), Kleinman is a distinguished lifetime fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has twice given the Distinguished Lecture at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and, until 2011, was a member of its Council of Councils (the advisory board to the director). He chaired the selection committee for NIH’s first Pioneer Awards. Kleinman has delivered several noted lectures, including, among others, the Tanner Lectures (Stanford University), Florey Lecture (University of Adelaide), Beattie Smith Lecture (University of Melbourne), Westermarck Lecture (Helsinki), Hume Lecture (Yale University), Simon Lecture (Brown University), and William James Lecture (Harvard University). He is Honorary Professor at Fudan University (Shanghai) and has received an honorary doctorate of science from York University (Canada). A former Guggenheim Fellow, Kleinman has been Cleveringa Professor at the University of Leiden and Royal Society Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He is a former winner of the Doubleday Award from the University of Manchester (UK); Medical Humanities Excellence Award, Imperial College, London; Elysio de Moura Medal, University of Coimbra (Portugal); and Wellcome Medal, Royal Anthropological Institute (UK). Kleinman is the author of six books, coauthor of two others, coeditor of nearly 30 volumes and seven special issues of journals, and author of more than 300 articles, book chapters, reviews, and introductions.

In 2011 Arthur Kleinman was appointed to the honorific position of Harvard College Professor and received the 2011 Harvard Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award. Dr. Kleinman has recently completed a collaborative study with health economists from Harvard School of Public Health on health consequences of rural-urban migration in China (funded by the National Science Foundation [NSF]) and studies on stigma in China with Professor Sing Lee of Hong Kong. Dr. 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 and co-teaches a General Education course on global health. He chairs Harvard’s Council on Asian Studies, and has been a member of the Center for the Study of World Religions. He directs the Medical Anthropology Program in the Department of Anthropology, through which 75 students have so far received or will be receiving a PhD (including 15 MD-PhDs). In 2011-2012, he will, for the second time, deliver the William James Lecture at Harvard, as well as lectures at Dartmouth, University of Virginia, UC Davis, Cornell Medical School, Pasteur Institut (Paris) and University of Milan (Italy).

Kleinman’s collaborative volume on Japanese medical atrocities in China during World War II has recently been published by Routledge. Professor Kleinman’s co-authored collaborative volume entitled Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person. What Anthropology and Psychiatry Teach Us About China Today will be published in September 2011 by University of California Press. He is also co-editor of a forthcoming volume: Mental Illness and Substance Abuse in Africa. His co-edited volume Governance of Life in Chinese Moral Experience: The quest for an adequate life has recently been published by Routledge. He has co-authored articles on stigma and mental illness and on the appropriate uses of culture in clinical practice. He is the author of several articles in The Lancet on caregiving and global mental health, values in global health, and the moral cultivation of the self as a way of reforming medical education via the medical humanities. And he is currently co-authoring a volume on the social theory of Social Suffering.


Fall 2013 Societies of the World 25: Case Studies in Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives

Spring 2012 Anthropology 2862: Anthropology of Biomedicine

Fall 2012 Anthro2855: Deep China

Fall 2012 SW25: Case Studies in Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives

2012 Anthro2862: The Anthropology of Biomedicine

Fall 2011 A2856: "Biography, The Novel, Psychotherapy, Ethnography and Film:
Deep Ways of Knowing the Person in the Moral Context"

Fall 2011 Societies of the World 25: “Case Studies in Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives” [co-taught with Paul Farmer, Anne Becker, and Salmaan Keshavjee]

Spring 2011 History 1702: “Violence, Substances and Mental Illness: African Perspectives” Co-taught with Prof Emmanuel Akyeampong

Spring 2011 Anthro 2876 “New Ethnographies in the Anthropology of Social Experience”

2010 Societies of the World 25 (SW 25) “Health, Culture and Community: Case studies in Global Health” (co taught with Paul Farmer, Anne Becker, and Salmaan Keshavjee)

2010 Anthropology 1886 “Sense and Sensibility: William and Henry James in Anthropological Perspective” (co-taught with Prof. Steven Caton)

2010 History of Science 249: Caregiving: Historical and Anthropological Perspective (co-taught with Charles Rosenberg)

2010 Social Analysis 28: Culture, Illness, and Healing

2009 Societies of the World 25: Health, Culture and Community: Case Studies in Global Health [co-taught with Paul Farmer]

2009 Anthro 2855 Deep China: What Medical Anthropology and Psychiatry Contribute to the Study of China Today

2009 Anthro 3000: Reading Course with graduate students

2009 Anthro 2750: Local Biologies: Anthropological Perspectives

2008 Anthro 2856 “Biography, The Novel, Film Psychotherapy and Ethnography: Deep Ways of Knowing the Person in the Moral Context”

Research Interests
Illness experience
Social suffering, social and mental health
Global Health
China, Taiwan, North America

Current Projects

Book on Caregiving; Volume on Mental Illness in Africa (co-edited with Emmanuel Akyeampong and Allan Hill; Volume on Social Suffering (co-authored with Iain Wilkinson)

Select Publications
Kleinman, A. et al: Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person. What Anthropology and Psychiatry Tell Us About China Today. Berkeley: University of California Press, in press, 2011

Zhang, Everett, Kleinman, A. and Tu, Weiming, eds.: Governance of Life in Chinese Moral Experience. The Quest for an Adequate Life. Routledge, 2010.

Nie, Jing-Bao, Guo, N., Selden, M., and Kleinman, A., eds. Japan’s Wartime Medical
Atrocities: Comparative inquiries in science, history and ethics. New York and U.K.: Routledge, 2010.

Kleinman, A. “The Divided Self, Hidden Values, and Moral Sensibility in Medicine” in The Lancet. Vol. 377 March 5 2011, pp. 804-805.

Kleinman, A. “Remaking the Moral Person in China: implications for health. The Lancet: Vol. 375, March 27, 2010, p. 1074-1075.

Kleinman, A. “Four Social Theories for Global Health.” In The Lancet, Vol. 375, May 2010, pp. 1518-1519.

Kleinman, A. “Caregiving: The Divided Meaning of Being Human and the Divided Self of the Caregiver.” In Rethinking the Human, J. Michelle Molina and Donald Swearer, eds, with Susan Lloyd McGarry. Cambridge MA: Center for the Study of World Religions, and Harvard University Press, 2010.

Kleinman, A. “Catastrophe and Caregiving: The Failure of Medicine as An Art.” The Lancet. Vol. 371, Jan. 5, 2008.

Kleinman, A., B. Bloom, A. Saich , K. Mason and F. Aulino. Avian and Pandemic Influenza: A Biosocial Approach. Supplemental Issue, “Avian and Pandemic Influenza: A Biosocial Approach,” Journal of Infectious Diseases: Feb 15, 2008; vol 197, supplement 1. pp S1-S40. (Supplemental Issue Editors: Arthur Kleinman, Barry Bloom, Anthony Saich, Katherine Mason, and Felicity Aulino).

Kleinman, A., B. Bloom, A. Saich , K. Mason and F. Aulino. Asian Flus in Ethnographic and Political Context: A Biosocial Approach. Special Issue, “Asian Flus in Ethnographic and Political Context: A Biosocial Approach,” Anthropology and Medicine, volume 15, Number 1, April 2008, pp. 1-5.

Kleinman, A. “Today’s biomedicine and caregiving: are they incompatible to the point of divorce?” Cleveringa Address delivered at the University of Leiden, 26 November 2007. Published by The University of Leiden, The Netherlands, 2008.

Yang, L.H.,Kleinman, A.,Link, B.G., Phelan, J.C.,Lee, S.and Good, B.(2007) Culture and stigma: Adding moral experience to stigma theory, Social Science and Medicine 64(7), 1524-1535.

Yang, L.H., Kleinman, A. 'Face' and the embodiment of stigma in China: The cases of schizophrenia and AIDS. Social Science and Medicine. 67 (2008) 398-408.

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