Laurel Kendall

American Museum of Natural History

Laurel Kendall is Chair of Anthropology and Curator of Asian Collections at the American Museum of Natural History well as a Senior Research Fellow of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Her knowledge of Korea began with three years of U.S. Peace Corps service, which was followed by decades of anthropological work and many publications on women, shamans, modernity issues. In Vietnam she participated in several collaborative projects, beginning with the exhibition “Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit,” for which she received a Friendship Medal from the government of Vietnam. Kendall was President of the Association for Asian Studies from 2016-2017.


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