Kim Gutschow

Kim Gutschow

Lecturer in Religion and Anthropology/Sociology

Hollander Hall Rm 338
At Williams since 2003


B.A. Harvard University (1988)
M.A. Harvard University (1995)
Ph.D. Harvard University (1998)

Areas of Expertise

National Geographic Society funded project: Climate Z: By the People & For the People 

Recent Book: Sustainable Birth in Disruptive Times

  • Reproductive Justice
  • Climate Adaptation & Justice
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Mindfulness & Medicine
  • Buddhism, Bodies, & Sexuality
  • Anthropology of South Asia
  • Irrigation & Social Power
  • India & Himalayas
  • Obstetrics, Maternity Care, & COVID-19


REL 248 / ANTH 248 / ASIA 248 / GBST 248 / WGSS 249 SEM

Body Politics in South Asia: Gender, Sex, Religion, and Nation (not offered 2021/22)

ANTH 272 / WGSS 272 SEM

Sex and the Reproduction of Society (not offered 2021/22)

Scholarship/Creative Work

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

  • 2020-2021. National Geographic Society Award ($99,847) Our project “Climate Change Adaptation: By the People & For the People”, will engage one fifth of Zangskar’s population—namely youth and women––in climate crisis adaptation and advocacy through participatory ethnographic research, citizen science camps, and participatory resource management that should result in climate smart policy and lessons for the broader Himalayan region.
  • 2011 – 16.  Goettingen University Grant: ‘Beyond the Numbers‘.  5 year grant to study maternal and neonatal deaths and audits in Ladakh, India.
  • 2009-11. Advanced Researcher Fellowship. Humboldt Foundation, Germany, Heidelberg University and University of Goettingen. 18 months.
  • 2008, 2006. Faculty Center For Media Technologies. Williams College. To create Archive Z, a digital database of ethnographic images from the Himalayas.
  • 1997-00.  Junior Fellow, Harvard University Society of Fellows

Professional Affiliations

American Anthropological Assocation
Ladakh Studies Association