Laurel Kendall is Chair of the Division of Anthropology and Curator in Charge of Asian Ethnographic Collections, American Museum of Natural History and Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. Her publications on Korean culture and society include “God Pictures in Korean Contexts: The Acquisition and Meaning of Shaman Paintings” (University of Hawaii Press, 2015), “Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion” (University of Hawaii Press, 2009), “Getting Married in Korea: Of Gender, Morality, and Modernity” (University of California Press, 1996), “The Life and Hard Times of a Korean Shaman: Of Tales and the Telling of Tales” (University of Hawaii Press, 1988) and “Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits: Women in Korean Ritual Life” (University of Hawaii Press, 1985). She edited “Under Construction: The Gendering of Modernity, Class, and Consumption in the Republic of Korea” (University of Hawaii Press, 2001) and two other volumes related to Korea. She is President of the Association for Asian Studies 2016-2017.