New Board Member - Sunil Khanna

Dr._Sunil_Khanna.jpgSunil Khanna
PhD, 1987, University of Delhi; PhD, 1995, Syracuse University

Sunil Khanna is a Professor and Head of the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences at Oregon State University. He earned his first PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Delhi, India and second PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Syracuse University. His research focuses on examining the complex interrelations of culture, worldview, gender, migration, and health in South Asia and among ethnic minorities in the U.S. More recently, his research has focused on identifying “best practices” to build capacity in non-government health organizations in India. Another area of his research examines the relationship between the level of cultural competency (or humility) among health care providers and patient health outcomes. He has conducted long-term ethnographic research on the practice of prenatal sex determination and sex selective abortion in an urbanizing community in north India. Dr. Khanna has authored, edited, and co-edited 5 books, more than 35 peer-reviewed publications, and numerous professional reviews, commentaries, and policy reports.


Dr. Khanna has a long-standing association with the SfAA. He served as Program Chair for the 2003 Annual Meetings; as member of the Annual Meetings Program Committee from 2006 to 2008; as the Virtual Community Moderator for the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (COPAA) from 2005 to 2011; and served as Co-Chair of COPAA from 2010 to 2011. Dr. Khanna currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Ecology of Food and Nutrition: An International Journal (Routledge Publishing Company).  


Dr. Khanna sees applied anthropology as a vital and integral part of all subfields of anthropology. His teaching and research embody how anthropological perspectives can be relevant to addressing social problems and the underlying structures that generate and perpetuate them. As a board member, he is committed to promoting the role of anthropology to solve practical problems and to support applied and practicing anthropologist. He plans to closely work with the SfAA leadership team, partner organizations, and members to empower applied anthropologists to address the many challenges and opportunities that applied and practicing anthropologists face both inside and outside of the academia.