Roy Richard Grinker

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Roy Richard Grinker
Born 1961 (age 56–57)
Residence Maryland, United States
Alma mater Grinnell College (B.A. 1983)
Harvard (M.A. 1985)
Harvard (Ph.D. 1989)
Occupation Author, professor

Roy Richard Grinker (born 1961) is an American author and Professor of Anthropology, International Affairs, and Human Sciences at The George Washington University.[1]

Grinker is an authority on North and South Korean relations.[2] As part of his PhD research, he spent two years living with the Lese farmers and the Efé pygmies in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo as a Fulbright scholar. He has also conducted epidemiological research on autism in Korea.[3]

Grinker is also editor of Anthropological Quarterly.[4] He has also written op-ed articles for the New York Times and appeared as a guest on PBS NewsHour.[5]


Grinker has published a number of books on multiple topics on Africa, Korea, and autism.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Grinker was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in 1979, Grinnell College in 1983, and received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at Harvard University in 1989.[6][7]

His paternal grandfather, Roy R. Grinker, Sr. founded the Psychiatry Department at the University of Chicago and was the founding editor of the Archives of General Psychiatry.[6]

His book on autism, Unstrange Minds, was in part an "attempt to make sense of an intensely personal issue: his own daughter's autism."[6]


  1. ^ "Roy Richard Grinker | The Department of Anthropology | The George Washington University". The Department of Anthropology | The George Washington University. The George Washington University. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Roy Richard Grinker | Elliott School of International Affairs | The George Washington University". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Roy Richard Grinker". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  4. ^ "Anthropological Quarterly (AQ) Staff and Editorial Board". Anthropological Quarterly. Anthropological Quarterly. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  5. ^ "Unstrange Minds Remapping the World of AUTISM". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  6. ^ a b c d Grinker, Roy Richard (2007). Unstrange Minds. New York: Basic Books. 
  7. ^ "Unstrange Minds :: Bio and Photos". Retrieved 2015-11-02.