Matthew Kohrman

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Matthew Kohrman

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Faculty Affiliate at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
  • Faculty Affiliate at the Stanford Center on China's Economy and Institutions

Stanford University
Department of Anthropology
Building 50, Central Quad
Stanford, California 94305-2034

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(650) 725-0605 (fax)


Matthew Kohrman joined Stanford’s faculty in 1999. His research and writing bring multiple methods to bear on the ways health, culture, and politics are interrelated. Focusing on the People's Republic of China, he engages various intellectual terrains such as governmentality, gender theory, political economy, critical science studies, and embodiment. His first monograph, Bodies of Difference: Experiences of Disability and Institutional Advocacy in the Making of Modern China, examines links between the emergence of a state-sponsored disability-advocacy organization and the lives of Chinese men who have trouble walking. In recent years, Kohrman has been conducting research projects aimed at analyzing and intervening in the biopolitics of cigarette smoking and production. These projects expand upon analytical themes of Kohrman’s disability research and engage in novel ways techniques of public health.


Journal Articles
May 2021

Filtered Life

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Journal Articles
March 2016

Cloaks and Veils: Countervisualizing Cigarette Factories In and Outside of China

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