Professor of Medical Anthropology in Social Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Curator of Medical Anthropology, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Arthur Kleinman is a world-renowned psychiatrist and anthropologist who has taught for over 40 years in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and in the FAS Department of Anthropology. He chaired the former from 1989-2000, and the latter from 2004 through 2007; and he was the Presley Professor at HMS from 1993 through 2000. From 2008 to 2016 he directed Harvard’s Asia Center as the Victor and William Fung Faculty Director. Kleinman is the sole author of 7 books, including The Illness Narratives; Rethinking Psychiatry; What Really Matters; and The Soul of Care. He is co-author of 4 others and co-editor of 29 other volumes, including Social Suffering; Culture and Depression; and World Mental Health. Arthur Kleinman has also authored or co-authored over 350 journal articles and book chapters and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry from 1976-1986.
Kleinman is currently writing a book on caregiving based on his articles in the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine and other venues.
His current projects include a comparative study of eldercare for dementia in six Asian settings; an ethnographic study of trust in the doctor-patient relationship in China; planning for a major meeting on global mental health services delivery; and development of Southeast Asia studies at Harvard.