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Erika Busse-Cardenas

Associate Professor
Areas of interest include international migration to cities, racialization, family, and reproductive justice, and urban ethnography.

Carnegie Hall, 207A

Erika Busse research examines how immigration influences family, gender, identity, work, and culture. While a graduate student, she received a Public Sociology Award as a member of the Graduate Student Board of Contexts, the American Sociological Association’s quarterly general interest publication. In addition to her dissertation research, she has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous research projects, including the following: Performing Peruvian-ess in the US Midwest, an ongoing project that examines how people with heritage or other connections to Peru represent their identity, particularly in folk dance; and a collaborative article with a colleague who studies Chinese dance in relation to ethnic identities published in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity; and Global Controversy and Local Politics: The Case of Abortion Liberalization, a collaborative cross-national project that examined the conditions under which countries changed restrictions on legal abortion. At Macalester, she will teach the following courses: “Sociology of Race and Ethnicity,” “Immigrant Voices,” “Families and Social Change,” and “Sociology of Culture.” She previously served as an assistant professor of social and political sciences at Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru. Busse-Cárdenas received her PhD from the University of Minnesota, her MA from the University of Sussex, UK, and her BA from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Peru.
BA: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Peru 1993
MA: University of Sussex 1999
PhD: University of Minnesota 2011
*Recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award