mcam Mary M. Cameron

Mary M. Cameron, Ph.D.

Office: SO 176, Phone: 561-297-1207, E-Mail:

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1993

Ayurvedic Medicine, Gender and Caste, Sustainable Farming, Medicinal Plant Cultivation, and Development in Nepal and South Asia


1998. Cameron, Mary M. On the Edge of the Auspicious: Gender and Caste in Nepal. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

2000. Introduction to Anthropology. Edited by Alley, Kelly D., Mary M. Cameron and John Cottier, McGraw-Hill.

[2005. (republished) Cameron, Mary M. On the Edge of the Auspicious: Gender and Caste in Nepal. Mandala Publications, Kathmandu, Nepal.]

2009. (Ongoing). Cameron, Mary M. (propectus submitted for review).  Natural and Enchanted Experiments: A Story of Auyrvedic Medicine in Nepal. University of Pennsylvania Press (Contemporary Ethnography Series, Kirin Narayan, editor).

Journal Publications:

2009. Cameron, Mary M. "Gender, Science, and Indigenous Medicine: Planning Research on Asian Women Professional Providers." Health Care for Women International. 30(4): 1-19.

2009. Cameron, Mary M. "Untouchable Healing: A Dalit Ayurvedic Doctor from Nepal Suffers His Country's Ills" Medical Anthropology: Cross-cultural Studies in Health and Illness.

2009. (revised and resubmitted). Cameron, Mary M. "Women Ayurvedic Doctors and Modernizing Health Care in Nepal." Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

2009 (under review). "Plants That Bind:  Family, Ayurvedic Doctors, Nature, and Environmental Conservation in Nepal" Society and Natural Resources.

2008. Cameron, Mary M. "Modern Desires, Knowledge Control, and Physician Resistance:  Regulating Ayurvedic Medicine in Nepal." Asian Medicine. 4: 86-112.

2007. Cameron, Mary M. "Considering Dalits and Political Identity in Imagining a New Nepal." Special issue on Dalits in Nepal, Himilaya, 27(1-2): 5-18.

2004. "The Tides of Well-Being." In Wellbeing (Folio I), compiled by Conrad Ross. Wycross Press. In the permanent collections at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art in Auburn, Alabama.

2002. Cameron, Mary M. "Teaching Medical Anthropology in Nepal" Education about Asia. 7(2): 46-50

2001. Cameron, Mary M. "Ironies in the Janajaati Movement and the Politicizing of Ethnography in Nepal: Some Cautionary Remarks." Himlalyan Research Bulletin, Vol. 20 1-(2): 16-18.

1997. Cameron, Mary M. "The Riti-Bhagya System in Western Nepal: Farmers and Artisans, Caste and Gender." Special Issue #6, Journal of Human Ecology: People of the Himalayas: Ecology, Culture, Development and Change. Edited by K. C. Mahanta. Pp. 189-194.

1996. Cameron, Mary M. "Biodiversity and Medicinal Plants in Nepal: Involving Untouchables in Conservation and Development." Human Organization. Vol. 55 (1): 84-92.

1995. Cameron, Mary M. "Transformations of Gender and Caste Divisions of Labor in Rural Nepal: Land, Hierarchy, and the Case of Untouchable Women." Journal of Anthropological Research, Vol. 51 (3): 215-46.

1995.  Cameron, Mary M. "Biodiversity Conservation and Economic Development in Nepal's Khaptad National Park Region: Untouchables as Entrepreneurs and Conservation Stewards." Himalayan Research Bulletin, Vol. 15 (2): 56-53.

Chapters in Books:

2009 (forthcoming). "Healing Landscapes: Sacred and Rational Nature in Nepal's Ayurvedic Medicine." I n Symbolic Ecologies: Culture, Nature and Society in the Himalaya. Ed. Arjun Guneratne. NY:Routledge

2009. (in process). Cameron, Mary M. "Knowledge, Authority, and Community: Women Ayurvedic Doctors in Nepal." In Gender and Medicine in South Asia. Ed. Martha Selby. Indiana University Press.

2002. Cameron, Mary M. "Rural Dalit Women and Work: The Impact of Social and Economic Change." Dalits of Nepal: Issues and Challenges. Ed. Prabodh M. Devkota. Feminist Dalit Organization, Lalitpur, Nepal.

1999. (published). Cameron, Mary M. "Negotiating Marriage in Nepal:  Bride Price and Untouchable Women's Work." Till Death Do Us Part: A Multicultural Approach to Marriage. Edited by Robin Miller and Sandra Browning. Stamford, Connecticut: JAI Press, Inc., pp. 219-232.

1997. Cameron, Mary M. "Applied Research in Anthropology: Biodiversity and Untouchables in Nepal." Society, Culture and the Environment, second edition. Edited by Paul Starr. NY: American Heritage Custom Publishing. Pp. 93-98. [Reprinted three times, in third edition 1999, edited by James Gundlach, Kelly Alley and Paul Starr, pp. 95-101; and in 1st and 2nd editions, Forbes Custom Publishing, edited by Paul Starr.]

Encyclopedia Chapters:

2004. Cameron, Mary M. "Nepali." Edited by Carol R. Ember and Melvin Ember. Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World's Cultures. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. Pp. 733-740.

Book Reviews:

2006. Toward an Integrative Medicine:  Merging Alternative Therapies with Biomedicine. By Hans Baer. In American Anthropologist. Vol. 108 (3), September 558-559.

2002. The Haunting Fetus: Abortion, Sexuality, and the Spirit World in Taiwan. By Marc L. Moskowitz, University Hawai'i Press. In Gender and Society, Vol. 16 (6), December 959-960.

2002. Untouchable Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community. Vajay Prashad, Oxford University Press, 2000. In Journal of Asian Studies. Vol. 61 (1), February: 308-310.

1996. Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas. By Robert Desjarlais, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994. In Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Vol. 10 (1): 98-100.

1987. Of Marriage and the Market: Women's Subordination Internationally and Its Lessons, Edited by Kate Young, Carol Wolklowitz and Roslyn McCullaugh, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984. In CASID Currents, Vol. 6 (17), Michigan State University.

Published Reports:

2005. Cameron, Mary et al. "Ethnobotany and Healing" session declaration, International Forum for Social Science and Health World Congress. Istanbul, Turkey.

2000. Cameron, Mary and Janak Rai. "Final Report of Dailekh District, Nepal Field Survey." Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Commissioned field research.