Caroline Brettell

University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

Southern Methodist University

Caroline Brettell is the University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Ruth Collins Altshuler Director of the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute at Southern Methodist University. She has a B.A. degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. degree from Brown University. She has spent her career studying the immigrant populations in Europe, Canada, and the United States (most recently in the DFW area). Her particular and most current interests are in the gendered aspects of migration, issues of identity and citizenship, and the relationship between immigrants and cities. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters she is the author, co-author or editor/co-editor of 17 books. Her most recent books are Anthropological Conversations: Talking Culture Across Disciplines (2014); Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines (3rd edition, co-edited with James F. Hollifield (2014); Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (6th edition, co-edited with Carolyn Sargent (2013) Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and Vietnamese Immigrants (co-authored with Deborah Reed-Danahay; 2012); Citizenship, Immigration and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States (co-edited with Deborah Reed-Danahay; 2008); Twenty-First Century Gateways:  Immigrant Incorporation in Suburbia (co-edited with Audrey Singer and Susan Hardwick; 2008); Crossing Borders/Constructing Boundaries: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration (2007); and Anthropology and Migration: Essays on Transnationalism, Ethnicity and Identity (2003). Spaces of Identity: Constructing and Contesting Belonging Among Children of Immigrants  (co-edited with Faith Nibbs. Vanderbilt 2015) and Following Father Chiniquy: Immigration, Religious Schism and Social Change in Nineteenth Century Illinois (2015) are in press. Brettell has served as Chair of the Department of Anthropology at SMU (1994-2004), Dean-ad-Interim of Dedman College (2006-2008) at SMU, President of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (1996-1998), and President of the Social Science History Association (2000-2001).