AANIR seeks to harness the knowledge, skills, and political platforms of engaged anthropologists to support and advocate on behalf of immigrants and refugees on our campuses and in our communities.
The Anthropologist Action Network for Immigrants and Refugees formed at a late-breaking session at the American Anthropological Association’s 2016 annual meeting in Minneapolis, where we gathered to brainstorm ways to use our collective energy as engaged anthropologists to defend (im)migrant and refugee communities during a period of heightened political hostility. Since 2016, we have met on a regular basis to share our work on our campuses, in our communities, and across transnational borders. Together, we have published an article in Anthropology News, organized a virtual townhall with national experts on immigration and sanctuary policies, and coordinated several executive sessions at AAA meetings, including this one: Executive Session at the AAA’s 2017 annual meeting. We have also worked together to publish various opinion statements and policy responses on public and media platforms, such as (insert hyperlinks). Across these activities of engaged anthropology, we work to leverage our collective presence as anthropologists to support the diverse immigrant and refugee communities with whom we work.
Our group is coordinated by a dedicated group of volunteers listed below in alphabetical order.
Witney L. Duncan
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado
Whitney is a medical and psychological anthropologist who studies immigration, health, and emotion in the United States and Mexico. Her book, Transforming Therapy: Mental Health Practice and Cultural Change in Mexico, came out in 2018, and she is now working on a National Science Foundation-funded collaborative research project on Latinx immigrant health in Colorado.
Christina Marisa Getrich
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park
Christina Getrich has served as an AANIR Steering Committee member since 2017. Her teaching and research is focused on mixed-status families and immigrant young adults, immigration and health policy, and health and well-being.
Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver
Sarah Horton's areas of expertise include Latino health disparities, migration and transnationalism, migrants’ access to care, cross-border health, and farmworkers’ occupational health.
Associate Professor of Human Development at California State University Long Beach
Lauren Heidbrink is a cultural anthropologist who focuses on the anthropology of childhood and migration in Central America. Her research and teaching interests include childhood and youth, transnational migration, performance and identity, engaged methodologies, and Central America.
Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Systems, University of North Texas
Professor of Anthropology, University of North Texas
Kristin Elizabeth Yarris
Associate Professor of Global Studies and Global Health at the University of Oregon
Kristin Elizabeth Yarris is a founding member of AANIR and an Associate Professor of Global Studies and Global Health at the University of Oregon, where she serves on the Dreamers Working Group and teaches and researches at the intersections of migration studies and global mental health.
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