Kleinman is professor of medical anthropology in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the Esther and Sidney Rabb professor of anthropology in the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and was appointed the Victor and William Fung director of Harvard University’s Asia Center in 2008. In 2011, Arthur Kleinman was appointed as a Harvard College Professor and received the 2011 Harvard Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award. He chaired the then Department of Social Medicine at HMS from 1990 until 2000, where from 1993-2001 he was the Presley Professor of social medicine, and chaired the Department of Anthropology at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 2004 to 2007.
Kleinman was the lead convener of an NSF-supported international conference on avian flu in December 2006 and of a conference on values in global health in May 2007.