Kim Gutschow

Kim Gutschow

Senior Lecturer in Religion and Anthropology/Sociology

Hollander Hall Rm 338
At Williams since 2003


B.A. Harvard University
M.A. Harvard University
Ph.D. Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

Recent Grants & Books:

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

Sustainable Birth in Disruptive Times (Springer Nature, 2021)

The Global Impact of COVID-19 on Maternity Care Practices and Childbearing Experiences (Frontiers in Sociology, 2021)

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


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

Body Politics in South Asia: Gender, Sex, Religion, and Nation (not offered 2022/23)

REL 256 / ANTH 256 / ASIA 256 / WGSS 256 SEM

Buddhism, Sex, & Gender: #MeToo Then and Now (not offered 2022/23)

ANTH 272 / WGSS 272 SEM

Sex and the Reproduction of Society (not offered 2022/23)

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