Dianna Shandy is a socio-cultural anthropologist with research interests in rapid
social change, transnational migration, and conflict settings. Her work engages questions
related to families; forced migration; humanitarian (and human services) interventions;
gender; and qualitative research methods. She teaches courses on transnational migration,
human rights and humanitarianism, Africa, social science research methodology, and
cultural anthropology. 

Her books include: Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples: What the Opt-Out Phenomenon Can
Teach Us About Work and Family (co-author with Karine Moe, University of Georgia Press,
2009); Nuer-American Passages: Globalizing Sudanese Migration (University Press of
Florida, 2007) and a revised edition of The Cultural Experience: Ethnography in Complex
Society (with David McCurdy and James Spradley, Waveland 2005). She has edited special
volumes on global childhood and the state for Anthropological Quarterly (2008, with Julia
Meredith Hess); religion and forced migration for the Journal of Refugee Studies (Oxford
2002), and Rethinking Refuge and Displacement, for the American Anthropological
Association (2000) (both with Elzbieta M. Gozdziak). She has also edited a special issue
of Practicing Anthropology (2008, with Jon Poehlman), "Extreme Makeover: The
Ethnographic Edition," on research methods in anthropology. She has published in
Anthropological Quarterly, International Migration, American Anthropologist, Forced
Migration Review, Social Thought, General Anthropology, Refuge, Journal of Refugee
Studies, Practicing Anthropology, and Family Medicine. 

Currently she is writing about Darfur and the representation of violence in Africa. 

EDUCATION: B.S., Georgetown University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University 

Shandy has taught at Macalester College since 1999. 



Extreme Makeover: The Ethnographic Edition, Practicing Anthropology (2008)


The Birth of the African Irish: Pregnancy and Post-Natal Experiences of African Women in Ireland, International Migration: Special Issue on Diaspora and Disease (2008)


Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology (with D. McCurdy and J. Spradley) (2015)


The Cultural Experience: Ethnography in Complex Society (with D. McCurdy and J. Spradley) (2005)

Contributions to Books


Smart women, different choices: college-educated women with children negotiating work and family (with Karine Moe), Stay-at-home mothers : dialogues and debates (2014)

Global Transactions: Refugees Sending Money Home, Urban Life : Readings in the Anthropology of the City (2010)


The Opt-Out Phenomenon : Women, Work, and Identity in America (with Karine Moe), Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology (2009)


The Road to Refugee Resettlement, Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology (2009)