Bridget Hayden

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Research Interests
Dr. Bridget Hayden is a cultural anthropologist interested in the experience of globalization and political-economic change.  She works primarily on the politics and experience of migration, with a particular focus on discourses of nationalism, identity, and citizenship.  Her primary areas of ethnographic research are Central America, where she has worked in Costa Rica and El Salvador, and Mississippi.  Her first research project was on the experiences of displacement and resettlement of Salvadorans who were refugees in Costa Rica.  More recent projects include collaborative work with communities in Mississippi to collect oral histories of immigrants’ experiences of Hurricane Katrina and an exhibit of photographs by Latino immigrants of their lives. Current research interests include Latin American immigration to Mississippi and the connections forged between Mississippi and Central America through mission trips.    

Dissertation
Half a Life: Social Space and Nation in the Re-Emplacement of Salvadoran Refugees in Costa Rica. Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. (1999)

Publications
2010    Impeach the Traitors: Citizenship, Sovereignty and Nation in Immigration Control Activism in the United States. Social Semiotics 20:2:155-174

2010    The Hand of God: Capitalism, Inequality and Moral Geographies after Katrina.  Anthropological Quarterly 83:1:171-198.

2009    Displacing the Self: A Dialogical Understanding of the Researching Self. Anthropological Theory 9:1:81-101.

2006    What's in a Name?: Defining Refugees, Defining Ourselves. Journal of Refugee Studies 19: 471-487.  

2003    Salvadorans in Costa Rica: Displaced Lives. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Courses Taught
ANT 101. The Human Experience
ANT 317. Culture and Power in Latin America
ANT 321. Immigration and Transnationalism
ANT 401. Capstone Seminar