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Jessaca Leinaweaver

Jessaca Leinaweaver

Professor of Anthropology

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Jessaca Leinaweaver holds the PhD from the University of Michigan. She came to Brown in 2008, and is a Professor of Anthropology. In 2015-16 she serves as interim chair of the Department of Anthropology. At Brown, Leinaweaver is affiliated with the Population Studies and Training Center and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is the author of The Circulation of Children: Adoption, Kinship, and Morality in Andean Peru (Duke, 2008), which won the Margaret Mead Award in 2010. Her article “Kinship Paths To and From the New Europe: A Unified Analysis of Peruvian Adoption and Migration,” in the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, won the Jose Maria Arguedas Article Award, given by the Peru Section of the Latin American Studies Association in 2012. Her most recent book is Adoptive Migration: Raising Latinos in Spain (Duke, 2013).