Professor of Anthropology
Jessaca Leinaweaver is a cultural anthropologist who conducts research in Peru and the Peruvian diaspora. Her first book, The Circulation of Children (Duke University Press, 2008), based on research carried out in Ayacucho, Peru, examined informal child fostering in the urban Andes and its intersections with international adoption policies. Her second book, Adoptive Migration (Duke University Press, 2013), based on research carried out in Madrid, Spain, contrasted transnational adoption and family 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.
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