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Professor Jean Langford

Jean M Langford

Anthropology 395 HHH 301 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations


  • South and Southeast Asia
  • Death and dying
  • Haunting, violence, historical memory
  • Healing practices and medicine
  • Semiotics, poststructuralism, deconstruction
  • Science studies
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Animal Studies
  • Biopolitics

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1998.
  • M.A.: Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1993.
  • B.A.: Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1990.


  • Wilder Powers: Morality and Animality in Tales of War and Terror: Langford, Jean, Hau: A Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 3 (3) 223-244, 2013. Download
  • Consoling Ghosts: Stories of Medicine and Mourning from Southeast Asians in Exile. Langford, Jean, University of Minnesota Press, Author, 2013. Image
  • Gifts Intercepted: Biopolitics and Spirit Debt: Langford, Jean, Cultural Anthropology, 24(4) 681-711, 2009. Download
  • Spirits of Dissent: Southeast Asian Memories and Disciplines of Death: Langford, Jean, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (Special Issue on Mourning and Memory, 25(1) 161-176, 2005. Download
  • Traces of Folk Medicine in Jaunpur: Langford, Jean, Cultural Anthropology, 18(3) 271-303, 2003. Download
  • Fluent Bodies: Ayurvedic Remedies for Postcolonial Imbalance.. Langford, Jean, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002.
  • Medical Mimesis: Healing Signs of a Cosmopolitan "Quack": Langford, Jean, American Ethnologist, 26(1) 24-46, 1999. Download
  • Ayurvedic Psychotherapy: Transposed Signs, Parodied Selves: Langford, Jean, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 21(1) 84-98, 1998. Download
  • Ayurvedic Interiors: Person, Space and Episteme in Three Medical Practices: Langford, Jean, Cultural Anthropology, 10(3) 330-366, 1995. Download

Research Activities

  • Residential Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Minnesota: No Skies under which to Rest: Southeast Asian Memories and the Management of Death, Fall 2009
  • "Critical Spirits: Southeast Asian Memories and Disciplines of Death": School of American Research and Salus Mundi Foundation, Residential Scholarship, 2005-2006

Professional Activities

  • Society for Cultural Anthropology Program Chair for Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association, 2010: 1/2010 - 5/2010
  • Secretary, Society for Cultural Anthropology: 2008-2011
  • Member: Editorial Board, Cultural Anthropology , 2001 - 2006
  • Co-Organizer: Medicine/Culture/Power Conference, University of Minnesota, 2002


  • Rachel Carson Book Prize from Society for the Social Studies of Science for Fluent Bodies: Ayurvedic Remedies for Postcolonial Imbalance, 2004

Courses Taught

  • Anth 8810: History, Memory, Haunting
  • Anth 8810: Theories of the Sign in Social Analysis
  • Anth 4075 - Cultural Histories of Healing
  • Anth 3035 - Anthropologies of Death
  • Anth 5031W - Ethnographies of Science
Alternative Output Formats Alternative Output Formats
Boy with Beads. Boy selling beads. Laotian Art.Laotian art. Finding shade in Bhagsu.Finding shade in Bhagsu.