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Myron L. Cohen

Professor of Anthropology; Director, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
School of the Arts
Anthropology Department
Weatherhead East Asian Institute Columbia University, 9th Floor, International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee Global Centers | Beijing

Myron L. Cohen is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. From 1975 to 1976 and from 2006 to 2013, he served as Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Professor Cohen has done extensive fieldwork in Taiwan and in villages in northern, eastern and western mainland China.

His present writing concerns the historical anthropology of a community in southern Taiwan and the updating and revision of his 1976 book House United, House Divided. His recent publications include Kinship, Contract, Community, and State: Anthropological Perspectives on China (2005), “House United, House Divided: Myths and Realities, Then and Now” in House, Home, Family: Living and Being Chinese (2005), and “Configuring Hakka Identity and Ethnicity, As Seen in Meinong, Taiwan, 1963-2008” In The Hakka: Formation and Transformation, vol. 2 (2010). Professor Cohen received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University in 1967, after having joined the Columbia faculty in 1966.

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