Shigehisa (Hisa) Kuriyama, who directs Radcliffe’s humanities program, is a Japanologist and a historian of medicine. His work explores broad philosophical issues (being and time, representations and reality, knowing and feeling) through the lens of specific topics in comparative medical history (China, Europe, and Japan). His book The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine (Zone, 1999) received the 2001 William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine and has been translated into Chinese, Greek, Spanish, and Korean.
He has been expanding the horizons of teaching and scholarly communication through the creative use of digital technologies at Harvard and other universities in the United States and abroad.
Kuriyama earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from Harvard. After completing acupuncture studies in Tokyo, he earned a PhD at Harvard. He joined the Harvard faculty as Reischauer Institute Professor after working at the University of New Hampshire, Emory University, and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan.