Michael Winkelman received a B.A. from Rice University (1976), a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine (1985), and a M.P.H. in Community Health Practice from the University of Arizona (2002). He is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Arizona State University, where he directs the Ethnographic Field School in Ensenada, Baja California Mexico. His primary research and teaching areas are in medical anthropology, particularly shamanic healing and cross-cultural relations.
Winkelman is the author of several books, including: Shamans, Priests and Witches (1992); Shamanism: The Neural Ecology of Consciousness and Healing (2000); Ethnic Relations in the US (1998); Ethnic Sensitivity in Social Work (1999); and Culture and Health: Theoretical Applications of Medical Anthropology (forthcoming 2003).
Winkelman’s research on sacred plants is reflected in a co-edited volume on Sacred Plants, Consciousness and Healing where he introduced the concept of psychointegrators. He is currently working on applications of shamanic practices in substance abuse treatment.