Associate Professor of Anthropology
Jessaca Leinaweaver conducts research in cultural anthropology and anthropological demography within Peru and the Peruvian diaspora. Her first research project, based in Ayacucho, Peru, examined informal child fostering in the urban Andes and its intersections with international adoption policies. Her next study, based in Madrid, contrasted transnational adoption and migration from Peru to Spain. She has also done collaborative research in Yauyos, Peru, with colleagues and students at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima. Her current project is a study of aging, social responsibility, and demographic thinking in Peru, examining the marginalization of older, impoverished Latin Americans and the effectiveness of government proposals for improving their conditions. The case study of Peru resembles many developing nations that are facing the challenge of an aging population where informal (family-based) care is implicitly the norm but attitudes of the working-age population about responsibility to elders are transforming.
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