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

    • Reproductive Health
    • Gender and Sexuality
    • Medical Anthropology & Anthropology of Religion
    • Buddhism & South Asian Religions
    • India, Himalayas, South Asia
    • Bodies & Biomedicine

Scholarship/Creative Work


  • From Home to Hospital: The Extension of Obstetrics in Ladakh.  In Medicine Between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Grounds. Vincanne Adams, Mona Schrempf, and Sienna Craig, eds.  London: Berghahn Press, 2012.  Pp. 185-214.
  • Global Policies and Local Implementation: Maternal Mortality in Rural India.  Co-authored with Dr. Padma Dolma. In Global Health – A Challenge for Interdisciplinary Research.  Martin Kappas, Uwe Gross, and Dermot Kelleher, eds.  Goettingen: Goettingen University Press, 2012.
  • Women and BuddhismIn Oxford Bibliographies Online, 2011.  Oxford University Press Digital Library.
  • The Delusion of Gender and Renunciation in Buddhist Kashmir.  In Everyday Life in South Asia. Diane Mines and Sarah Lamb, eds.   Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2010, 2002.  Pp. 250-262.   
  • How Buddhist Renunciation Produces Difference.  In Nuns, Yoginis, Saints, and Singers: Women’s Renunciation in South Asia.  Meena Khandelwal, Sondra Hausner, and Ann Grodzins Gold, eds.  New Delhi: Zubaan/Kali for Women (2007) and New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2006). Pp. 220-44. 
  • The Politics of Being Buddhist in Zangskar: Partition and Today” (PDF),   India Review  5 (3–4): 470–498.  2006.
  • Being a Buddhist Nun: The Struggle for Enlightenment in the Himalayas.  Harvard University Press. Winner:  Sharon Stephen’s Book Prize, AES, 2005.
  • Behind the Ice Wall. Location Expert/Anthropologist/Script-assistant.  1994:  Discovery Channel, Canal +, and German ZDF documentary, that won Grand Jury Prize at Banff Mountain Film Festival, First Prize at Telluride Mountain Film Festival.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

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 Goettigen University. 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

Current Committees

  • Public Health