Sienna Radha Craig

Academic Appointments
  • Professor, Department of Anthropology

  • House Professor, South House

  • Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages Program

  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

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The worlds of healing across culture, the meanings people ascribe to illness, and the social lives of medicines fascinate me. My work is also attuned to how people navigate processes of migration and social change. I am engaged in work on women's and children's health and gloal health. My research takes me to the Nepal Himalaya and Tibetan regions of China, as well as to diasporic communities from these regions now living in the United States. 

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HB 6047


  • B.A. Brown University (1995)
  • M.A. Cornell University (2002)
  • Ph.D. Cornell University (2006)

Selected Publications

  • 2020. The Ends of Kinship: Connecting Himalayan Lives Between Nepal and New York. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. 

  • 2020. Responding to an Unfolding Pandemic: Asian Medicines and COVID-19. Cultural Anthropology – Hot Spots Series. S.R. Craig, B. Gerke, and J. van der Valk, eds. URL:

    [A curated and peer-reviewed collection of 18 essays about Asian medical responses to the pandemic, as well as the historical, cultural, and political-economic contexts of epidemics in Asia, with contributions from scholars and practitioners. Published online June 23, 2020.]

  • 2020. Sowa Rigpa Humanitarianism: Local Logics of Care Within a Global Politics of Compassion. S.R. Craig, B. Gerke, V. Sheldon. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. DOI: 10.1111/maq.12561.

  • 2020. Subversive Maps: How Digital Language Mapping Can Support Biocultural Diversity. M. Daurio, S.R. Craig, D. Kaufman, R. Perlin, and M. Turin. Terralingua: Langscape Journal, May 19, 2020. URL:

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