Kiran Cunningham

Professor of Anthropology, Kalamazoo College

Research Associate, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (Uganda)


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Kentucky (Women’s Studies minor), 1992
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Kentucky, 1986
  • B.A. Sociology & Anthropology, Kalamazoo College, 1983
Kiran Cunningham


Action research, institutional change, local governance, community development, gender analysis, qualitative research methods, international & intercultural education, experiential learning, and transformative learning


  • 1992- Professor of Anthropology, Kalamazoo College
  • 2014 – Research Associate, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE)
  • 2012 – Teagle Pedagogy Fellow, Great Lakes Colleges Association
  • 2008-2014 – Chair, Department of Anthropology & Sociology, Kalamazoo College
  • 2010-2012 – Faculty Fellow, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College
  • 1991-92 – Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Western Kentucky University


Gender Analysis Toolkit. Produced for the International Development Research Council (IDRC) for use by Think Tank Initiative (TTI) funded organizations in Africa. 2016. (Tabitha Kiriti-Nganga, co-author)

“Local Government Councils Score-Card Assessment Report 2014/15: Unlocking Potentials and Amplifying Voices.” Kampala: Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment, 2015 (Arthur Bainomugisha, Lillian Muyomba-Tamale, Winstons Muhwezi, Eugene Ssemakula, George Bogere, Russell Rhoads, & Jonas Mbabazi, co-authors)

“Public Expenditure Governance in Uganda’s Education Sector.” Kampala: Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment, 2015. (J.A. Makaaru, E.K. Kisaame, and S.M. Nansozi, co-authors)

“Social Justice and Capacity Building: A New Model for Strategic International Partnerships at Liberal Arts Colleges,” in Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages, edited by Susan Buck Sutton and Daniel Obst. Institute of International Education, 2011. (Nita Kumar, Abu Sesay, Jonas Redwood-Sawyerr, & Joe Brockington, co-authors)

“Research for Democracy and Democracy for Research,” New Directions for Higher Education, 152:59-66, Winter 2010. (Matt Leighninger, co-author)

“Towards the Recognition and Integration of Action Research and Deliberative Democracy,” Journal of Public Deliberation, 6(1), 2010. (Hannah McKinney, co-author)

Integrating Study Abroad Into the Curriculum: Theory and Practice across the Disciplines, Stylus Publishing, 2010. (Elizabeth Brewer, co-editor)

Tapping the Powers of City Hall to Build Equitable Communities. Washington, DC: National League of Cities. 2007. (Hannah McKinney and Phyllis Furdell, co-authors.)