Dianna Shandy

Professor of Anthropology
Socio-cultural anthropology, gender, migration, political conflict, Africa, Europe, United States

Carnegie Hall, 4a
Telephone: 651-696-6439

On Sabbatical in 2015-16.

Dianna Shandy is Professor of Anthropology at Macalester College, where she has been teaching since 1999. She is Visiting Consortium Professor in the Macalester-Pomona-Swarthmore Program at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  She earned a PhD, MPhil, and MA in Anthropology at Columbia University and a BS in Languages and Linguistics with Certificates in African Studies and Russian Area Studies at Georgetown University.

As a socio-cultural anthropologist, her work spans U.S. and international settings, with broad research and teaching interests in gender, migration, political conflict and violence, and research methods. Specific research projects have explored college-educated women negotiating work and family in the United States, African asylum seekers in Ireland, and the Nuer (southern Sudanese) diaspora in Ethiopia, Egypt, and the United States.

Her books include : Glass Ceilings BookGlass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples: What the Opt-Out Phenomenon Can Teach Us About Work and Family (co-authored with economist Karine Moe, 2010); Nuer-American Passages: Globalizing Sudanese Migration (2007) and a revised edition of The Cultural Experience: Ethnography in Complex Society (with David McCurdy and James Spradley, 2005)and Conformity and Conflict:  A Reader in Cultural Anthropology, 15th Edition (with David McCurdy and James Spradley, 2016).

She has edited special volumes on global childhood and the state for Anthropological Quarterly (2008, with Julia Meredith Hess); religion and forced migration for the Journal of Refugee Studies (Oxford 2002), and Rethinking Refuge and Displacement, for the American Anthropological Association (2000) (both with Elzbieta M. Gozdziak). She has also edited a special issue of Practicing Anthropology (2008, with Jon Poehlman), "Extreme Makeover: The Ethnographic Edition," on research methods in anthropology. She is the author of more than 30 articles and book chapters. Her work has appeared in Anthropological Quarterly, International Migration, American Anthropologist, Forced Migration Review, Social Thought, General Anthropology, Refuge, Journal of Refugee Studies, Practicing Anthropology, and Family Medicine.

She is the Book Review Editor for Refuge:  Canada's Journal on Refugees. 

Recent courses she has taught include:  Gender, Power, and Sexualities in Africa; Writing Human Rights; Darfur:  Conflict and Human Rights in Africa; Ethnographic Interviewing; Cultural Anthropology; Senior Seminar; Culture and Globalization; and Life Histories, Cultures, Selves.

Refugees and Immigrants in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN