Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
Arthur Kleinman, M.D. is one of the world’s leading medical anthropologists. He is also a major figure in cultural psychiatry, global health, and social medicine. Kleinman is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University and was Chair of that Department from 2004-2007; from 1991 to 2000 he chaired Harvard Medical School’s Department of Social Medicine and from 1993-2002 he held the Maude and Lillian Presley Professorship at Harvard Medical School. He continues to be Professor of Social Medicine and Psychiatry at HMS. Since 1968, Kleinman, who is both a psychiatrist and an anthropologist, has conducted research in Chinese society, first in Taiwan, and since 1978 in China, on depression, somatization, epilepsy, schizophrenia and suicide, and other forms of violence. Kleinman is the author of 6 books, editor or co-editor of 28 volumes and special issues of journals, and is author of more than 200 research and review articles and chapters. His chief publications are Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture; Social Origins of Distress and Disease: Neurasthenia, Depression and Pain in Modern China; The Illness Narratives; Rethinking Psychiatry; Culture and Depression (co-editor); Social Suffering (co-editor); and his most recent book, What Really Matters.