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Karen RichmanKaren Richman

Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, Institute for Latino Studies
Concurrent Faculty, Anthropology
Faculty, Romance Languages and Literatures
(PhD, University of Virginia, 1992)
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Geographic focus: Mexico, the Caribbean (Haiti), and the United States.

Thematic interests: Religion, migration, transnationalism, performance, gender, production and consumption.

Current research: Migration and religious conversion and an ethnographic biography of a Mexican immigrant woman.

Selected publications:

  • “The Impact of Collectivism on Savings Behavior: A Case Study of Mexican-Americans and Non-Mexican Latinos” (with Joelle Saad-Lessler), Review of Economics of the Household (2014)

  • “Possession and Attachment:  Notes on Moral Ritual Communication among Haitian Descent Groups,” in Paul C. Johnson, ed., Spirited Things: The Work of "Possession" in Afro-Atlantic Religions (s) (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

  • “Religion at the Epicenter: Agency and Affiliation in Léogâne after the Earthquake” in Millery Polyne, ed., The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). 

  • “Work and Retirement” (with Teresa Ghilarducci and Joelle Saad-Lessler) in Keith Whitfield and Tamara Baker, eds., Handbook of Minority Aging (Springer, 2013).

  • Male Migration, Female Perdition: Narratives of Economic and Reproductive Impotence in a Haitian Transnational Community,” Anthropologica 54, 2 (2012)

  • “Religion at the Epicenter: Agency and Affiliation in Léogâne After the Earthquake,” Studies in Religion 41 (June 2012), a special issue Richman coedited with Terry Rey

  • “The Vodou State and the Protestant Nation: Haiti in the Long Twentieth Century,” in Maarit Forde and Diana Paton, eds., Obeah and Other Powers: The Politics of Caribbean Religion and Healing (Duke University Press, 2012)

  • “The Somatics of Syncretism: Tying Body and Soul in Haitian Religion,” (with Terry Rey) Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 39, 3 (2010)

  • Migration and Vodou (New Diasporas Series of the University Press of Florida, 2005)

  • “Innocent Imitations?  Mimesis and Alterity in Haitian Vodou Art, Tourism and Anthropology,” Ethnohistory (2008)

  • “‘Call us Vote People’: Citizenship, Migration and Transnational Politics in Haitian and Mexican Locations” in Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States, D. Reed-Danahay and C. Brettell, eds. (Rutgers University Press, 2008)

  • “Peasants, Migrants and the Discovery of African Traditions: Ritual and Social Change in Lowland Haiti, ” Journal of Religion in Africa (2007)

  • “Simplemente Maria: Naming Workers, Placing People and the Production of Hospitality,” Review of International American Studies (2007)




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