|Born||June 13, 1948|
|Died||January 26, 2009|
|Alma mater||Washington University in St. Louis|
|Known for||Ethnobotany, Economic botany, Ethnopharmacology|
Nina Lilian Etkin (June 13, 1948 – January 26, 2009) was an anthropologist and biologist. Dr. Etkin was noted for her work in medical anthropology, ethnobiology, and ethnopharmacology. She studied the relation between food and health for over thirty years. Her work involved complementary and alternative medicines for prevention and treatment in Hawaii; the use of ethnomedicines in Indonesia; and health issues in Nigeria. She won numerous grants and awards from national and international agencies and published several books as well as over 80 professional articles in peer reviewed journals.
Education and academic career
- Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota, 1979–1983
- Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, 1983–1990
- Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawaii, 1990–1994
- Full Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawaii, 1994–2009.
- Chair of the Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii, 2001–2002
She was also a member of the medical faculty of the University of Hawaii.
Awards and honors
Etkin won the 2009 Distinguished Economic Botanist Award from the Society for Economic Botany.
- Plants in Indigenous Medicine & Diet: Biobehavioral Approaches, 1986
- Eating on the Wild Side: The Pharmacologic, Ecologic, and Social Implications of Using Noncultigens, 1994
- Edible Medicines: An Ethnopharmacology of Food, 2006
- Foods of Association: Biocultural Perspectives on Food and Beverages that Mediate Sociability, 2009