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Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Sienna R. Craig is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College (USA). A medical and cultural anthropologist with expertise in global health, Asian medical systems, women's and children's health, migration and social change, and ethnographic writing, she received her BA from Brown University (Religious Studies, 1995) and her PhD from Cornell University (Anthropology, 2006). Craig is the author of The Ends of Kinship: Connecting Himalayan Lives between Nepal and New York (University of Washington Press, 2020), Mustang in Black and White (with Kevin Bubriski, Vajra Publications, 2018), Healing Elements: Efficacy and the Social Ecologies of Tibetan Medicine (UC Press, 2012), Horses Like Lightning: A Story of Passage through the Himalaya (Wisdom Publications, 2008), and the co-editor of Medicine Between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Grounds (Berghahn Books, 2010), and Studies of Medical Pluralism in Tibetan History and Society (IITBS, 2010). Her scholarship has appeared in Current Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Anthropology and Humanism, Journal of the American Medical Association, Hastings Review, HIMALAYA, Contributions to Nepalese Studies, Studies in Nepali History and Society, and Social Science and Medicine, among other peer reviewed journals. Her research has been supported by grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Fulbright Commission, and the Social Science Research Council, among other sources. She has worked on collaborative, applied global health projects funded by the Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Craig enjoys writing across genres, from literary ethnography and interdisciplinary social science research to creative nonfiction, fiction, children’s literature, and poetry. From 2012-2017 Craig was the co-editor of HIMALAYA, flagship peer-reviewed Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies. Since 2009, she has served as a member of the Executive Council of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM). Craig has been an advisor and collaborator to the Himalayan Amchi Association since 1998. She is also a co-founder of DROKPA, a nonprofit organization that partners with Himalayan communities to support projects in education, community health, and social entrepreneurship.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College


  • 2006 
    Cornell University, PhD Anthropology