Ernestine McHugh received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the PhD from the University of California at San Diego. Her research interests are comparative religion and cultural anthropology, with specialization in Asia; she has conducted extended field research in the Himalayas. Her many articles and reviews have appeared in The Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalaya, Comparative Studies in Society and History, The Encyclopedia of World Cultures, American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Kailash, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.
She is a contributing editor to Contributions to a Feminist Psychological Anthropology, and the author of Love and Honor in the Himalayas: Coming to Know another Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001).
Ernestine McHugh was a faculty member at the University of California-San Diego, Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges before coming to Eastman in 1993. She taught in the Humanities Department, and held joint appointments in the University of Rochester’s College of Arts and Sciences and Medical School. Professor McHugh retired from Eastman in 2017.