Laurel Kendall is Division Chair and Curator at the American Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. Kendall has done research with Korean shamans with a special focus on gender in Korean popular religion for over thirty years. Her numerous books and publications include Shamans, Housewives, and other Restless Spirits: Women in Korean Ritual Life, The Life and Hard Times of a Korean Shaman: Of Tales and the Telling of Tales, and Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion. She is currently Vice President for the Association for Asian Studies.
Research Interests: South Korea, Shamanism, Gender, Material Religion, Vietnam, Modernity