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. She has been a Kellogg Institute faculty fellow since 2002.

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.

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


Book Chapters


May 13 to 16, 2020
Kellogg at LASA 2020
Luis Leandro Schenoni, Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams, Karen E. Richman, Omar Coronel Cuadros, Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, Jorge Ivan Puma Crespo, Edward (Ted) Beatty, Ruth Solarte