Peter S. Cahn, PhD

Peter Cahn
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Director and Professor
Office of the Provost
Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation
(617) 724-6138
Office Location: 
B34- 2nd floor

Peter Cahn joined the Institute in July 2012 as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, and 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.


  • Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • Frank and Sarah Olson Visiting Professor in Simulation Education, NYSIM
  • Susan Vogt Leadership Fellow, Boston Consortium for Higher Education

Research Interests

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


AB, Anthropology, Harvard University, 1996
MPhil, University of Cambridge, 1997
PhD, Anthropology, University of California, 2001


Cahn PS, Tuck I, Knab MS, Doherty RF, Portney LG, Johnson AF. Competent in Any Context: An Integrated Model of Interprofessional Education. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2018; in press

Doherty RF, Knab M, Cahn PS. Getting on the Same Page: An Interprofessional Common Reading Program as Foundation for Patient-Centered Care. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2018; 32(4):444-451.

Knab M, Inzana RS, Cahn PS, Reidy PA. Preparing Future Health Professionals for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Part 2: The Student Experience. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2017; 38:342-349.

Cahn PS. Recognizing and Reckoning with Unconscious Bias: A Workshop for Health Professions Faculty Search Committees. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2017; 13:10543.

Cahn PS. Seven Dirty Words: Hot-Button Language that Undermines Interprofessional Education and Practice. Academic Medicine. 2017; 92(8):1086-1090.


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

Curriculum Vitae