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Peter S. Cahn, PhD

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Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost
Interim Director and Professor, Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation

Peter Cahn joined the Institute in July 2012 as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, and Interim Director and Professor in the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation.

He trained as a cultural anthropologist with a focus on contemporary Latin America. Dr. Cahn started his career in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma in 2002, where he became Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies.

His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. He has published two books as well as articles in American Ethnologist and Cultural Anthropology. He writes occasional columns for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Before coming to the IHP, Dr. Cahn served as Director of Faculty Development and Diversity in the Department of Medicine at Boston University. At BU, he designed a structured, longitudinal mentoring program for early career faculty as well as workshops on academic writing and grant proposals.

Honors:

  • Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • Susan Vogt Leadership Fellow, Boston Consortium for Higher Education

Education:

AB, Anthropology, Harvard University
MPhil, Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
PhD, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interest:

  • Faculty development
  • Qualitative methods
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Religion
  • Latin American and Latino culture

Publications & Presentations:

Cahn PS, Benjamin EJ, Shanahan CW. “Uncrunching Time: Medical Schools’ Use of Social Media for Faculty Development.” Medical Education Online. 2013:18:20995.

Cahn PS, Benjamin EJ. Academic Writing Workshop for Medical School Faculty. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9289.

Cahn PS. Direct Sales and Direct Faith in Latin America. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2011

Cahn PS. Consuming Class: Multilevel Marketers in Neoliberal Mexico. Cultural Anthropology 2008;28(3):429-452.

Cahn PS. All Religions Are Good in Tzintzuntzan: Evangelicals in Catholic Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press. 2003

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