Arthur Kleinman, MD

Arthur Kleinman, MD

Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University's Asia Center
Arthur Kleinman, MD

Dr. Kleinman is a 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), where since 2008, he has been the Victor and William Fung Director of Harvard University’s Asia Center. In 2011, Arthur Kleinman was appointed as a Harvard College Professor and received the 2011 Harvard FoundationDistinguished Faculty Award. From 1990 until 2000, he chaired the then Department of Social Medicine at HMS, and from 2004-2007 he also chaired the Department of Anthropology at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. 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 he co-teaches a General Education course on global health. He directs the Medical Anthropology Program in the Department of Anthropology, through which more than 75 students have so far received or will be receiving a PhD (including 17 MD-PhDs). In 2011 he delivered the William James Lecture at Harvard; delivered the Magisterial Lecture at the University of Milan, and the Institut Lecture at the Institut Pasteur in Paris; and gave named lectures at UC Davis, Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, among other places. Kleinman is a former member of the Advisory Council of Fogarty International Center, NIH, and of NIH’s Council of Councils.

Dr. Kleinman’s collaborative volume on Japanese medical atrocities in China during World War II was 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, was published in 2011 by University of California Press. He is also co-editor of a forthcoming volume: Culture, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse in Africa (Emmanuel Akyeampong, Allan G. Hill and Arthur Kleinman, eds., Indiana University Press). He is co-editor, with Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Matthew Basilico of a forthcoming textbook on global health,Rethinking Global Health (UC Press). His co-edited volume Governance of Life in Chinese Moral Experience: The quest for an adequate life was published by Routledge. He is currently writing a book on caregiving, and is co-author of a volume on social suffering. 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; reforming medical education via the medical humanities; the search for wisdom; and on culture, bereavement and psychiatry. He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine 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.