Karen Richman is a cultural anthropologist and Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs at the Institute for Latino Studies. She teaches courses in Latino Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures and Anthropology.
Richman is the author of Migration and Vodou (2005), of numerous articles and book chapters on Haitian and Mexican migration, religion, savings, work, language and music. Richman’s scholarship and teaching have been recognized with awards for Open Course Ware Excellence, the Heizer award for the best journal article in ethnohistory and Newberry Library and Social Science Research Council fellowships. She co-edited a special journal volume on Haitian religion in 2012 and was the hosting chair of the annual Haitian Studies Association conference at University of Notre Dame. Her current research project is an interdisciplinary study of Mexican immigrants’ social wealth, savings and retirement supported by the National Endowment for Financial Education.
Religion, migration, transnationalism, performance, gender, production and consumption
Migration and religious conversion and an ethnographic biography of a Mexican immigrant woman.
Richman Speaks on Mexican Absentee Voting
Aug 27, 2020
On August 27, Faculty Fellow Karen Richman participated in a panel on the (absentee) vote of Mexicans abroad in Mexican elections.
Kellogg Expert: Americans Actively Engaging in Collectivism as Financial Buoy
Aug 13, 2020
The economic effects of the coronavius in the US have brought Americans’ preexisting financial precarity into stark focus. Kellogg Faculty Fellow Karen Richman, University of Notre Dame director of undergraduate studies at the Institute for Latino Studies, and her colleague Joelle Saad-Lessler, associate teaching professor and associate dean of undergraduates at Stevens Institute of Technology, found that many people in the US are relying on informal networks of family and friends to stay afloat in a recent study.