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Donald Joralemon

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology



10 Prospect Street #101


Donald Joralemon's present work focuses on the anthropology of organ transplantation and medical ethics. His article "Organ Wars: The Battle for Body Parts" (Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 1995) won the Polgar Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology.

Joralemon has published additional articles on the ethics of organ transplantation in the Journal of Medical Ethics (2001) and in the Hastings Center Report (2003). He also has written on the topic of medical futility for the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2000). The third edition of his textbook, Exploring Medical Anthropology, was published in September 2009. His essay "Dying While Living: The Problem of Social Death" is included in the recent edited collection Our Changing Journy to the End (Praeger, 2013) and he has a recently published article,"Ordering Chaos: The Process of Remembering Mass Murder," (2015) in the journal Mortality.

Joralemon's new book, Mortal Dilemmas: The Troubled Landscape of Death in America, was published by Routledge in 2016. The fourth edition of his textbook, Exploring Medical Anthropology, was published by Routledge in 2017.

Selected Publications

Mortal Dilemmas: The Troubled Landscape of Death in America. Routledge, 2016.

Exploring Medical Anthropology. Routledge, 1999.

Co-author with Douglas Sharon, Sorcery and Shamanism. University of Utah Press, 1993.

The Selling of the Shaman and the Problem of Informant Legitimacy, Journal of Anthropological Research, 1990.


Ph.D., M.A., University of California at Los Angeles
B.A., Oberlin College