Associate Dean, Institute for Global Citizenship; Professor of Anthropology
Socio-cultural anthropology, gender, migration and refugees, political conflict, research methods, Africa, Europe, United States
Carnegie Hall, 4a
Dianna Shandy is Associate Dean in the Institute for Global Citizenship and Professor of Anthropology at Macalester College. She has been teaching at Macalester since 1999 and served as Visiting Consortium Professor in the Macalester-Pomona-Swarthmore Program at the University of Cape Town, South Africa from 2013-2016. 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 and refugees; political conflict, violence, and humanitarian response; 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 (South Sudanese) diaspora in Ethiopia, Egypt, and the United States. She has also done policy-related work in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Somali diaspora engagement.
Her books include: Conformity and Conflict: A Reader in Cultural Anthropology, 15th Edition (with David McCurdy and James Spradley, 2016); Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples: What the Opt-Out Phenomenon Can Teach Us About Work and Family (with Karine Moe, 2010); Nuer-American Passages: Globalizing Sudanese Migration (2007); and a revised edition of The Cultural Experience: Ethnography in Complex Society, 2nd Ed. (with David McCurdy and James Spradley, 2005).
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 (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 40 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 and serves on the Editorial Board for International Migration and Bildhaan: A Journal of Somali Studies. She was a 2015-16 Executive Leadership Fellow in the Center for Integrative Leadership, University of Minnesota. She is co-founder of the International Working Group on Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives and serves as Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM).
Recent courses she has taught include: Gender, Power, and Sexualities in Africa; Writing Human Rights; Darfur: Conflict and Human Rights in Africa; Refugees and Humanitarian Response; Ethnographic Interviewing; Cultural Anthropology; Senior Seminar; Culture and Globalization; and Life Histories, Cultures, Selves. She is developing a Spring 2017 course, the Language of Diplomacy, with French Professor Juliette Rogers, that explores questions of vocation and international public service, with an optional fieldtrip to Europe in Summer 2017 to visit the institutions engaged in the course.
Courses Fall 2016:
Cultural Anthropology (Anth 111)
Refugees and Humanitarian Response (Anth 246)
Courses Spring 2017:
Language of Diplomacy/Langue de la Diplomatie (Anth/Fren 333)
Ethnographic Interviewing (Anth 230)