Public health is an issue that has been particularly resonant in the conversation surrounding China in recent years. The Fairbank Center supports inquiry into the ever changing public health debate in China today as well as into how this debate has developed over centuries. This issue incorporates a wide variety of other issues including language, culture, the intersection of East and West, and bureaucratic administration, to name a few. The Fairbank Center is proud to support the powerful indisciplinarity of public health research on China.
Professor of Anthropology
Susan Greenhalgh is Professor of Anthropology and John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Professor of Chinese Society at Harvard University. Before moving to Harvard, she was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine and, before that, Senior ResearchRead More
K. T. Li Professor of Economics
William Hsiao is the K.T. Li Research Professor of Economics in Department of Health Policy and Management and Department of Global Health and Population, at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from HarvardRead More
Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health; Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
A leading scientist in the areas of infectious diseases, vaccines, and global health and former consultant to the White House, Dr. Barry Bloom continues to pursue an active interest in bench science as the principal investigator of a laboratory researchingRead More
Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology; Professor of Medical Anthropology in Social Medicine; Professor of Psychiatry
Research and Teaching Interests: Global Mental Health; Social Medicine; Medical Humanities; Social Suffering; Caregiving; China; Asia broadly; North America.
Arthur Kleinman (born March 11, 1941), a physician and anthropologist, is now in his 39th year at Harvard. A graduate ofRead More
A Better Life Through Science and Biomedicine? Troubling an Enduring China Dream
In the spring of 2016 the Fairbank Center hosted a workshop that brought together a group of anthropologists to ask whether a longstanding dream of China’s leaders and people – achieving a better life through science and technology – is being realized. The workshop was designed to spotlight the important role of science and technology in Chinese social and political life, and to illuminate how developments in the PRC can contribute to Science and Technology Studies.