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. "Do Health Professions Graduate Programs Increase Diversity by Not Requiring the Graduate Record Examination for Admission?" Journal of Allied Health 2015: 44(1):51-56.

Cahn PS. "In and Out of the Curriculum: An Historical Case Study in Implementing Interprofessional Education." Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2014:28(2):128-133.

Cahn PS, Benjamin EJ. Academic Writing Workshop for Medical School Faculty. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from:

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

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


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

Curriculum Vitae