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Hillary Crane Associate Professor of Anthropology; Co-Coordinator, Linguistics; Asian Studies.

Hillary K. Crane

Associate Professor of Anthropology; Co-Coordinator, Linguistics; Asian Studies.


Education: M.A., Ph.D. Brown University (Anthropology); B.A. Seattle University (History)

Walker Hall 218


Hillary Crane joined the Linfield faculty in 2007. Her courses examine medical anthropology, sociolinguistics and linguistic theory, religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, love, East and Southeast Asians.

Professor Crane's research explores areas where religious and medical discourses intersect or conflict, primarily on the subject of gender construction; the relationship between self-inflicted pain and communication in various religious contexts; the masculine self-identity of Taiwanese Buddhist nuns; and the complexities of living with celiac disease - particularly for Catholics who cannot consume communion wafers. She recently co-edited a collection on the subject of conversion pressures on anthropologists who research religious communities:  Missionary Impositions: Conversion, Resistance, and other Challenges to Objectivity in Religious Ethnography, with Deana L. Weibel. Some of her publications are available at Linfield's Digital Commons.