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.


Journal Articles

"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 12, 3 (2014)
"Male Migration, Female Perdition: Narratives of Economic and Reproductive Impotence in a Haitian Transnational Community," Anthropologica 54, 2 (2012)
“The Somatics of Syncretism: Tying Body and Soul in Haitian Religion” (with Terry Rey), Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 39, 3 (2010)
“Innocent Imitations? Mimesis and Alterity in Haitian Vodou Art, Tourism and Anthropology,” Ethnohistory 55, 2 (2008)
“Simplemente Maria: Naming Workers, Placing People and the Production of Hospitality,” Review of International American Studies 2, 2 (2007)
“Peasants, Migrants and the Discovery of African Traditions: Ritual and Social Change in Lowland Haiti” Journal of Religion in Africa 37, 3 (2007)

Book Chapters

"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)
"Work and Retirement" (with Teresa Ghilarducci and Joelle Saad-Lessler), in Keith Whitfield and Tamara Baker, eds., Handbook of Minority Aging (Springer, 2013).
"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).
"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)
“‘Call us Vote People’: Citizenship, Migration and Transnational Politics in Haitian and Mexican Locations” in D. Reed-Danahay and C. Brettell, eds., Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States (Rutgers University Press, 2008)


"Religion at the Epicenter: Agency and Affiliation in Léogâne After the Earthquake" (with Terry Rey), Studies in Religion 41 (June 2012)

Upcoming Events


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet
February 23
The Curious Case of Political Liberalization: A Step to Democratization or an Authoritarian Survival Strategy?
Working Groups, Comparative Politics Workshop
M. Tahir Kilavuz


February 26
Diálogo: Journalism, Violence, and Freedom of Speech in Mexico
Working Groups, Latin American History Working Group, Mexico Working Group
Katherine Corcoran, Gema Santamaría
February 26
Deadline: Experiencing the World (ETW) Fellowships
Deadlines, Undergraduate Programs
February 26
Deadline: Doctoral Research Grants