PROF Tamara Kohn

PROF Tamara Kohn




  • Tamara Kohn is a Professor of Anthropology with extensive fieldwork experience in the Scottish Hebrides, the eastern hills of Nepal, and more recently Japan.  She has held research and teaching positions in England (Oxford and Durham) and Australia (the University of Melbourne). Her research focuses on identity and experience, the study of trans-cultural communities of practice (from caring practices to sports and other embodied arts), mobility (migration, intermarriage, leisure/travel), death studies, methods and ethics, and the anthropology of the senses.



Member of

  • Society for Humanistic Anthropology. section of American Anthropological Association 2008 -
  • Australian Anthropological Society. participating member of the AAS 2006 -
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists. participating member of the EASA 1992 -
  • Association of Social Anthropologists. participating member of this ASA in the UK and Commonwealth 1988 -
  • American Anthropological Association. participating member of the AAA 1983 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Institute of Advanced Study, Durham - Fellow (2018)   


Education and training

  • D.Phil, University of Oxford 1988
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania 1984
  • BA (Hons), University of California - Berkeley 1982

Awards and honors

  • Institute for Advanced Study - Fellow - Oct-Dec 2018, Durham University, UK, 2018
  • G.E.M. Scott Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Melbourne, 2010


Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • I am currently interested in supervising topics relating to Anthropology and:
    • The Body (including Sport, Martial Arts and other body practices)
    • Senses, Emotions, and Memory
    • Food and Consumption
    • Death, Dying and Commemoration
    • Mobilities and Identities
    • Methods, Ethics and Ethnographic Writing

    Current Primary Supervisions
    Hannah Harewood Gould (PhD) Dying Differently: The Material Culture of Death in Contemporary Japan
    Josiah Lulham (PhD) Cultivating the Play Community: Live Action Role Play as an alternative social world

    Current Co-Supervisions (50%)
    Naomi Robinson (MA) Video Content in Popular Culture

    Recent RHD Completions (since 2011):
    Brigitte Lewis (PhD 2011) Epistemological Blind Spots and the Story of I
    Daniel Ooi (PhD 2012) Sandinista statecraft and the nation-building project in Ermita de Dolores, Nicaragua 1979-2005
    Ruth Oliphant (MA 2013) Stitching Spear-Grass, Sinew, and Skin: Crafting New Social Memories and the Koorie Heritage Trust
    Zoya Gill (MA 2013) Inside/Outside: Migrants’ Construction of Home in the Domestic Kitchen
    Mayuko Maekawa (PhD 2013) Reconsidering Orientalism/Occidentalism: representations of a Japanese martial art in Melbourne
    Yoko Demelius (PhD 2014) A Creative Pursuit as a ‘Vocation’: An Anthropological Study of a Ballet World at Work
    Kim Neylon (PhD 2015) Authenticity, place and consumption at Victorian Farmers Markets
    Melinda Herron (PhD 2017) Living, Belonging & Getting Along: the lives of teens in a culturally diverse, low socioeconomic school community
    Robert Swinburn (PhD 2018) The Stories of Wine: The rhetoric of the winemaker
    Mythili Meher (PhD 2018) Conceptions of a Suffering Mind and the Culture of Inclusion
    Aaron Smith (PhD 2019) Worlds of Care: Fathering Children with Di