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Richard Kurin, Museum program director. Recipient fellowships National Defense Education Act, Title VI, 1973, Fulbright-Hayes, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1976, Social Science Research Council, 1976, 83, American Institute Pakistan Studies, 1983, Woodrow Wilson Center, since 1988; grantee, Smithsonian Institution, 1979, 86,89, 90, 92, 95, 96, National Endowment for Humanities, 1982, since 1991, National Endowment Arts, 1987.


Kurin, Richard was born on November 27, 1950 in Bronx, New York, United States.


Bachelor, State University of New York, 1972;Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1974;certified in Urdu language, University of California, Berkeley, 1974;Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1981.


Visiting assistant professor department anthropology, Southern Illinois U., Carbondale, 1981-1984;assistant professor, Southern Illinois U., Carbondale, 1984-1985;program coordinator, curator, consultant, Festival of India, Aditi & Mela Exhbns., Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1984-1985;chair 150th Anniversary Program Committee, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, since 1993;chair deciduous group, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, since 1997;deputy director Center for Folklife Programs & Cultural Studies, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1985-1987;acting director, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1987-1990;director, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, since 1990;professorial lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, Paul Nitze School Advisory International Studies, since 1985. Collector American Museum Natural History, Punjabi Indian village artifacts,1970. Visiting instructor community development program Southern Illinois U., Carbondale, 1979-1981.

Program coordinator Indian Puppetry Program, Smithsonian Institution, 1980. Consultant anthropologist Harza Engineering Company, United Nations Development Programme and World Bank, IndusBasin Master Planning Project, 1977. Ethnic tours manager division performing arts On-Tour India Program, Pakistan Program, 1976.

Consultant anthropologist U. Karachi, United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare Family Planning Project, 1977. Member of advisory board Council Overseas Research Centers, 1989. Adjunct Professor George Washington University, since 1999.

Presenter organizations, meetings and workshops.



Board trustees, Smithsonian Secretary's Republican, Library. of Congress, American Folklore Center, since 1989. Trustee American Pakistan Research Organisation, since 1989. Member Fairfax County Citizen Association Education Committee, since 1991.

Chair commission on education and cultureCulmore Area Citizen's Task Force, Fairfax County, Virginia, 1990-1991. President Bailey's Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, 1989-1991, newsletter editor, 1992-1995. Chair model middle school technical committee Glasgow Middle School, 1995-1996.

Fellow Society Applied Anthropology. Member American Folklore Society, American Ethnological Society, Association Asian Studies, American Anthropol. Association.


Married Allyn Bland; children: Danielle, Jaclyn.

Allyn Bland

Danielle Kurin

Jaclyn Kurin