Associate Dean, Institute for Global Citizenship, office in Markim 107; Professor of Anthropology
Socio-cultural anthropology, gender, migration and refugees, political conflict, research methods, Africa, Europe, North America
Dianna Shandy is Associate Dean in the Institute for Global Citizenship and Professor of Anthropology. She has been teaching at Macalester since 1999. 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 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).
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 also taught a course in French called the Language of Diplomacy, with French Professor Juliette Rogers, that explored questions of vocation and international public service and that included a field trip to The Hague, Geneva, Marseille, and Paris to visit the institutions engaged in the course.
Fall 2017 Courses
Refugees/Humanitarian Response (Anth 246)
Spring 2018 Courses
Life Histories/Cultures/Selves (Anth 368)