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Jessaca Leinaweaver

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Jessaca Leinaweaver

Professor of Anthropology

Biography

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, and a study of aging, social responsibility, and demographic thinking in Peru that explores the marginalization of older, impoverished Latin Americans and the effectiveness of government proposals for improving their conditions. During 2019-20, she is on sabbatical leave as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Society and Culture at Dalhousie University in Canada. There, she is working on a new project about adoption’s second generation and reproductive infrastructure more broadly, as well as advancing a collaborative project on children’s alternative care internationally (with co-PI Susan Short and Caroline Kuo), the latter supported by an Office of Vice President for Research Award (Brown University).

Research

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, and a study of aging, social responsibility, and demographic thinking in Peru that explores the marginalization of older, impoverished Latin Americans and the effectiveness of government proposals for improving their conditions. During 2019-20, she is on sabbatical leave as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Society and Culture at Dalhousie University in Canada. There, she is working on a new project about adoption’s second generation and reproductive infrastructure more broadly, as well as advancing a collaborative project on children’s alternative care internationally (with co-PI Susan Short and Caroline Kuo), the latter supported by an Office of Vice President for Research Award (Brown University). 

Publications

2018 “Adoption.” In The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology (CEA), Felix Stein, Sian Lazar, Rupert Stasch, Joel Robbins, Andrew Sanchez, Matei Candea & Hildegard Diemberger, eds. http://www.anthroencyclopedia.com/entry/adoption and http://doi.org/10.29164/18adopt.

2017 "'Homework' and transnational adoption screening in Spain: the co-production of home and family." Journal of the Royal Anthropoligical Institute 23(3): 562-579. [10.1111/1467-9655.12652]

2017 “Transatlantic Unity On Display: The ‘White Legend’ and the ‘Pact of Silence’ in Madrid’s Museum of the Americas.” History and Anthropology 28(1):39-57. [10.1080/02757206.2016.1253567]

2015 “The Geography of Transnational Adoption: Kin and Place in Globalization,” special issue of Social & Cultural Geography 16(5), co-edited with Sonja van Wichelen.

2015 “Geographies of Generation: Age Restrictions in International Adoption.” Social & Cultural Geography 16(5): 508-521. [10.1080/14649365.2014.994669]

2015 Jessaca Leinaweaver & Sonja van Wichelen. “The Geography of Transnational Adoption: Kin and Place in Globalization.” Social & Cultural Geography 16(5): 499-507. [10.1080/14649365.2015.1033449]

2015 “How Internationally Adoptive Parents Become Transnational Parents: ‘Cultural’ Orientation as Transnational Care.” In Anthropological Perspectives on Care: Work, Kinship, and the Life-Course, Erdmute Alber and Heike Drotbohm, editors. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2015 “Transnational Fathers, Good Providers, and the Silences of Adoption.” In Globalized Fatherhood, Marcia Inhorn, Wendy Chavkin, and José-Alberto Navarro, editors. New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 81-102.

2015 “Adoption, Demography of.” Invited entry for the Demography section of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, James D. Wright, editor-in-chief. (2nd ed., Vol. 1), Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 136–141.

2015 La migración adoptiva: criando a peruanos en España. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, trans. Adriana Soldí. (Translation of Adoptive Migration: Raising Latinos in Spain. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013)  

Teaching

Dr. Leinaweaver teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cultural anthropology, Latin American Studies, and anthropological demography.

Recent courses taught:

  • ANTH 2065 – Proposal Writing for Anthropology.  (fall 2017, fall 2018, fall 2019)

  • ANTH 2210 – Anthropology of Kinship (fall 2017)

  • ANTH 0680 – Anthropology of Food  (spring 2017, spring 2019)

  • ANTH 2010 - Principles of Cultural Anthropology (spring 2016)

Talks & Media

2018 Peru's child-welfare warning. In the Winnipeg Free Press, https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/perus-child-welfare-warning-502322381.html 

2018 The government will be flying blind with an inaccurate 2020 Census. In The Hill, http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/401407-the-government-will-be-flying-blind-with-an-inaccurate-2020-census 

Spanish version of SAPIENS piece: Cuando regatear al sistema es el único camino para crear una familia. 2018. Jessaca Leinaweaver and Diana Marre. In SAPIENS, https://www.sapiens.org/culture/adopcion-espana/ 

2018 When Gaming the System Is the Only Way to Parenthood. Jessaca Leinaweaver and Diana Marre. In SAPIENS, https://www.sapiens.org/culture/adoption-spain/.

2017 Peru Should Think Outside the 'Baby Box'. In US News & World Report, https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2017-09-12/perus-congress-considers-an-unwise-baby-box-law-for-abandoned-children

2017 The international adoption rate has plummeted in the US. In TRT World, http://www.trtworld.com/opinion/the-international-adoption-rate-has-plummeted-in-the-us-404783

2017 Back To The Future: Funding Science Makes Sense. In Thrive Global, https://journal.thriveglobal.com/science-is-more-than-just-people-working-in-a-lab-533ef5515395

2017 Hungry for shame — who’s trashing America’s school lunch? In The Hill, http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/education/335132-hungry-for-shame-whos-trashing-americas-school-lunch

2017 Government Knows Best? Why ‘Protecting’ Children Can Cause Harm. In Thrive Global, https://journal.thriveglobal.com/government-knows-best-why-protecting-children-can-cause-harm-9bc1d8ceb476

2017 Adoptive or Birth Parent: Who Gets to Say How Old is Too Old? In Garnet News, http://garnetnews.com/2017/04/18/adoptive-birth-parent-gets-say-old-old/

2017 Who's Your Mommy and Daddy? For Migrant Children, It Matters. In Truthout.org, http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/40151-who-s-your-mommy-and-daddy-for-migrant-children-it-matters

2017 Latin America’s Institutional Failure. In US News & World Report, https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2017-03-29/latin-americas-orphanages-reflect-a-regions-poverty-crisis

2017 Breaking families apart: The moral and economic costs to the US. In The Hill, http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/civil-rights/324779-breaking-families-apart-the-moral-and-economic-costs-to-the.

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