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Hillary K. Crane

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

Walker Hall 218


Hillary Crane joined the Linfield faculty in 2007. She teaches courses in cultural anthropology, linguistics, medical anthropology, anthropology of the body, religion, gender, sexuality and East Asia. Her research examines areas where religion and medicine conflict or overlap and the gender of Taiwanese Buddhist nuns. She also researches the complexities of living with celiac disease in the U.S. and hires students every summer to collaborate on that project.


  • B.A., History, Seattle University
  • M.A., Anthropology, Brown University
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Brown University


Professor Crane 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.