About Ron L. Barrett

Barrett is a cultural and medical anthropologist whose research has focused on religious healing, the social aspects of infectious diseases, and the ways that human beings come to terms with their own mortality. He has conducted fieldwork in Northern and Western India as well as in the United States. Barrett's recently published book, "Aghor Medicine: Pollution, Death, and Healing in Northern India", received the Wellcome Medal in 2010, an award given biennially by the Royal Anthropological Institute "for a recent body of published work which makes, as a whole, a significant contribution to research in anthropology as applied to medical problems."
Barrett has taught at Macalester since 2009.
EDUCATION: B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1990; B.S., Johns Hopkins University, 1992; M.A., Emory University, 1999; Ph.D., Emory University, 2002


Present Associate Professor, Anthropology, Macalester College



Research Interests

Cultural and medical anthropology, Religious healing, Social aspects of infectious diseases, and Health decision-making at the end of life

Honors and Awards

Wellcome Medal for Anthropology


  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Medical Anthroplogy
  • Anthropology of Death and Dying
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases

Contact Information

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Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


Articles (10)

Books (3)

Contributions to Books (3)

Book Reviews (3)