Associate Professor of Anthropology
Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 717-245-1207 
FAX: 717-245-1479 
E-mail: enge@dickinson.edu

Proffesor Kjell EngeAugust '08 Professor Kjell Enge has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Boston University (1982). He has conducted research in many locations, including Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador,Guatemala, Ghana, Guinea, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Philippines and Spain. He speaks Norwegian, English, and Spanish.  His specialties are socio-economic development, medical anthropology, ecological anthropology, agrarian systems, the anthropology of education, reproductive health, maternal-child health care, and monitoring and evaluation of development projects


  • Development Anthropology (F '08)
  • Medical Anhtropology (F '05, F '08)
  • Ecological Anhtropology (F '01, S '08)
  • Interdiscilpinary Research in Latin American Studies (F '08 S '09)
  • Measurement and Quantification in the Social sciences (S '00, S '01, S '02, S '06, S '07, S '08)
  • First-Year Seminar: Will the Poor Always be with Us? (F '06)
  • Contemporary People of Latin America (S '05)
  • Senior Seminar (F '04 '05)
  • The Mexican Mosaic (F '03)
  • Senior Seminar: Anthropology and Education (S '00)
  • Quantitative Data Analysis (S '00)
School Children in Machinga District, MalawiSchool Children in Machinga District, Malawi

Research and Consulting Activities:

Professor Enge's dissertation research was on irrigation agriculture in the Tehuacán Valley located in the southern part of Puebla in Mexico. Together with Scott Whiteford from Michigan State, he authored a volume based on over ten years of fieldwork in Tehuacán entitled, The Keepers of Water and Earth (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1989). 
From Fall '93-August '96, Professor Enge worked with the Population Council in New York.  During this time, he was on leave from Dickinson and directed an operations research program on Reproductive Health for the Mayan population in Guatemala. 
In addition, he has done research on primary health care, education and agriculture in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guinea, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Suriname, and Tanzania. 

Professor Enge has also done collaborative research on the Dickinson Campus and in the greater Carlisle area. These projects have included surveys on drugs, sex and violence at the College, future aspirations of Carlisle High School students, multiculturalism at Dickinson and a needs assessment for United Way of Carlisle. All these projects were done as part of courses in quantitative research methods, and Dickinson students participated in research design, implementation, analysis, and reports. He was one of the Principal Investigators on a project funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as part of the tobacco settlement. The objective was to reduce disparities in hypertension treatment by involving undergraduates in research to collect data on health seeking behavior of low income populations in Phildalphia and Harrisburg.

He has also worked on a number of projects designed to improve educational quality in Latin America. This research is funded by USAID and carried out by Juárez and Associates, Washington, DC. These projects included the monitoring of Girls Education Initiatives in Guatemala, Guinea, Mali, Morocco and Peru, and basic education in Nicaragua and Jamaica (1997-2004).

Malawi Lake

Under contract with US Department of Labor, he also held workshops and provided technical assistance on monitoring and evaluation to organizations providing educational opportunities to children working in dangerous forms of child labor (2002-2006)

Recently, he completed a final evaluation of the Pakistan Teacher Education and Professional Development Program (PTEPDP 2007) and and a mid-term assessment of The Safe Schools Program in Ghana and Malawi (2008). Both were financed by USAID.

Currently, Professor Enge continues to teach and provides technical assistance to the USAID financed Community Health Project in Bolivia that is being implemented by PROCOSI and The Manoff Group. This includes the design and implementation of a web-based epidemiological monitoring system to track the activities of community health workers in the departments of Benin, Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Tarija (2005-present).

He is also working with The World Economic Forum and UNESCO on the formation of Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Education (PfE). The activites have included participating in the design and use of a Database of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Education (MSPEs). In order to better understand Partnerships for Education case studies have been carried out in Guatemala, Namibia and Rajasthan, India; funding has been provided by USAID under EQUIP1 (2005-present).

Last update: October 11, 2008
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