mcam Mary M. Cameron, Ph.D.

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

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1993

Medical, Cultural, and Feminist Anthropology; Nepal and South Asia; Asian Medicine (Ayurveda), Gender and Caste, Sustainability in Health and Agriculture, Global Health, Global Conservation, Development, Buddhist/Mindfulness Meditation


2019. Cameron, Mary M. Three Fruits:  Nepali Ayurvedic Doctors on Health, Nature, and Social Change. Lexington Books, a Rowman Littlefield imprint.
2018. Ripu M. Kunwar, Maria Fadiman, Mary Cameron, Rainer W. Bussmann, Khum B. Thapa-Magar, Bhagawat Rimal and Prabhat Sapkota. "Cross-cultural comparison of plant use knowledge in Baitadi and and Darchula districts, Nepal Himalaya." Journal of Ethnobotany and Ethnomedicine.
2016. Kunwar RM, Baral K, Paudel P, Acharya RP, Thapa-Magar KB, Cameron M, et al. (2016) “Land-Use and Socioeconomic Change, Medicinal Plant Selection and Biodiversity Resilience in Far Western Nepal.” PLoS ONE 11(12): e0167812. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167812.

2015. Folmar, Steven, Mary Cameron, and Mitra Pariyar. ““Digging for Dalits: Social Justice and an Inclusive Anthropology of Nepal.” Cultural Anthropology, Hotspots. October.

2012. Cameron, Mary M. “Why Not Nepal Ayurveda? Conservation Development and Cultural Diversity.” Studies in Nepali History and Society (SINHAS). Kathmandu, Nepal: Mandala Press. Vol. 61: 63-83.

2011. Cameron, Mary M. “Trading Health: Biodiversity Conservation, Traditional Medicine, Natures, and the Poor in South Asia.” Anthropology CourseReader . Detroit: Gale.

2010. Cameron, Mary M. “Feminization and Marginalization? Women Ayurvedic Doctors and Modernizing Health Care in Nepal.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 24(1): 42-63

2010. Cameron, Mary M. “Introduction: More than a Rite of Passage.” In Dalits of Nepal: Towards Dignity, Citizenship, and Justice. Kathmandu, Nepal: Himal Books

2010. Cameron, Mary M. “Many Dalits: Debating Identity in a New Nepal.” In Dalits of Nepal: Towards Dignity, Citizenship, and Justice. Kathmandu, Nepal: Himal Books

2010. Cameron, Mary M. “Healing Landscapes: Sacred and Rational Nature in Nepal’s Ayurvedic Medicine.” In Culture and the Environment in the Himalaya. Ed. Arjun Guneratne. NY: Routledge.

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. 28(3): 235-267

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

2007. (2009 published). Cameron, Mary M. “Considering Dalits and Political Identity in Imagining a New Nepal.” Special issue on Dalits in Nepal, Himalaya, 27(1-2): 5-18.

2004. Cameron, Mary M. “The Tides of Well-Being.” In Welbeing (Folio I), compiled by Conrad Ross. In the permanent collections at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, Auburn, Alabama. Auburn: AL: Wycross Press.

 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.

 2002. Cameron, Mary M. “Teaching Medical Anthropology in Nepal: Of Doctors, Journals, and Websites.” Education about Asia. pp. 46-50

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.

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

1999. 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.

1998. Cameron, Mary M. On the Edge of the Auspicious: Gender and Caste in Nepal. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press. 328 pages. [2005. (Republished). Cameron, Mary M. On the Edge of the Auspicious: Gender and Caste in Nepal. Kathmandu, Nepal: Mandala Publications]

1997. Cameron, Mary M. "The Riti-Bhagya System in Western Nepal: Farmers and Artisans, Caste and Gender.” Special Issue #6, Journal of Human Ecology: Peoples 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. "Biodiversity Conservation and Economic Development in Nepal's Khaptad National Park Region: Untouchables as Entrepreneurs and Conservation Stewards.” Himalayan Research Bulletin, Vol.15 (2): 56-63.
2018  Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative Conference Travel Award.

2016  College of Arts and Letters Advisory Board Research Award.

2016  Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Faculty Research Fellowship.

2016  Course-release award. For 10 years service to the College of Arts and Letters Ph.D. in Comparative Studies.

2016   Service award, ANHS Executive Committee. For service as President of ANHS 2012-2015, and multiple years of service on the ANHS Executive Committee.

2015  Peace, Justice and Human Rights Faculty Fellow.

2015  US. Embassy Nepal Grant, for ANHS-Kathmandu Research Center programming.

2014  OURI QEP Curriculum Development Grant (with Carol Gould), Office of Undergraduate Research, FAU

2014  Distinguished Professor in Current Affairs, Lifelong Learning Society, FAU

2013  Woman of Influence Alumni Award, Russell Sage College, Troy, NY

2013  Mentor, College Faculty Mentoring Program

2012-15  President, Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies

2012  Grant-in-Aid, American Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal

2012  Mentor, Division of Research Faculty Research Mentoring Program

2011-12  Council of American Overseas Research Centers’ Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program

2011-12  Faculty Learning Community 2-semester workshop

2011  eLearning Certification. Center for eLearning, FAU.

2011  Technology Fee Grant (with Valerie Bryan and Pat Ostrowski, College of Education). FAU.

2009  United States Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Award

2009  Faculty Learning Community, Undergraduate Office, FAU

2007  Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Fellowship, FAU

2007  University Scholar Honors Program.

2006  Writing Across the Curriculum Award, curriculum development, Center for Writing Excellence, FAU.

2005  Continuing Research Grant, Office of Sponsored Research, FAU

2005  International Travel Grant, Office of Sponsored Research, FAU.

2003  Wall of Distinction Alumni Award, Hudson Falls High School, Hudson Falls, NY

2002  Research Initiation Grant, Office of Sponsored Research, FAU

2000  Small Equipment Grant, Office of the Vice President for Research and the College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University.

1999  Breeden Teaching Award, Provost’s Office, Auburn University.

1999  Humanities Development Summer Grant, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University

1999  Fulbright Senior Fellowship, Nepal (for 1999-2000).

1998  Research Grant-in-Aid, Competitive Grant, Auburn University.

1998  Humanities Development Grant, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University.

1997  Teaching Effectiveness Award, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University

1995  Phi Beta Delta, International Scholars Honor Society.

1994  Illinois-NWSA Manuscript Award, first place. On the Edge of the Auspicious: Caste and Gender in Nepal

1993  Research Grant-in-Aid, Competitive Grant, Auburn University.

1993  Humanities Development Grant, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University. Awa

1989  World Bank Grant. Nepal. Dissertation research, analysis of quantitative data, Award (with Meena Acharya)

1988-89  U.S. Agency for International Development, Women in Development Section, Washington, D.C., dissertation research, Nepal.

1988-89  Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Grant. Nepal

1988  Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, dissertation research, Nepal.

1987-88  Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, MSU. graduate course work, dissertation research, Nepal.

1985  Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, pre-dissertation research, Nepal.