Sharon Lang

Professor, Soc & Anthropology
Soc & Anthropology

Sharon Lang


M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

B.A., Boston University


Larsen Hall
P: 909.748.8711

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Middle East Studies

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict

  • Peace and conflict resolution

  • Construction of identity

  • Honor killings and other forms of violence against women

  • Cultural studies of dance

  • Anthropology of death and dying

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)


Courses Taught

SOAN 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

SOAN 259 The Middle East

SOAN 265 Death and Dying

SOAN 313 Anthropological Theories

SOAN 345 World Ethnographies

SOAN 365 The Anthropology of Dance


Lang, Sharon. (2005). Shaking Hands with the Enemy: The Quest for Honor among Israeli-Palestinian Men Routledge Press.

Lang, Sharon. (August, 2004). "Micaela's Love." HOPE (an on-line SIDS publication)

Lang, Sharon. (2004). "Sulha Peacemaking." in Together: Communicating Interpersonally: A Social Construction Approach, ed. John Stewart, 6th edition. Roxbury Publishing Co.

Lang, Sharon. (2002). "The Resiliency of Ethnography: Qualitative Methodology in Education and the Social Sciences." Journal of Resiliency Research, Invited Inaugural Address of peer-reviewed journal.

Lang, Sharon. (2002). "Sulha Peacemaking and the Politics of Persuasion." Journal of Palestine Studies, Issue 31.

Lang, Sharon. (2002). "Conflict Resolution Among Israeli-Palestinians." Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences Proceedings.

Awards, Honors, Grants

Ben Halpern Biennial Award in Israel Studies

University of Redlands Outstanding Service Award

Harvard University Grants awarded by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Department of Anthropology

Doctoral Research Award (US Department of Education)


Mellon Fellowships

Harvard University Merit Scholarship

Boston University Merit Scholarship