The Political and Civic Engagement of Immigrants

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Caroline B. Brettell
Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

Caroline B. Brettell is University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and the Founding Director of the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute at Southern Methodist University. She has spent her career studying the immigrant populations in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Her particular interests are in the gendered aspects of migration, issues of identity and citizenship, and the relationship between immigrants and cities. In addition to over one hundred journal articles and book chapters, she is the author, co-author, or editor/co-editor of nineteen books. Her most recent books are Gender and Migration (2016); Identity and the Second Generation: How Children of Immigrants Find Their Space (co-edited with Faith Nibbs, 2016); Following Father Chiniquy: Immigration, Religious Schism and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century Illinois (2015); Anthropological Conversations: Talking Culture Across Disciplines (2014); and Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines (3rd edition, co-edited with James F. Hollifield, 2015). Brettell has served as Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University (1994–2004 and 2019–2022), Dean-ad-Interim of Dedman College (2006–2008), Co-Director of the Health and Society Program at Southern Methodist University (2016–2018), President of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (1996–1998), and President of the Social Science History Association (2000–2001). She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017 and is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship.