Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

I am a Folklorist, writer and ethnographer; I study immigration, communities and change.  My current book project is an examination of immigrants and other newcomers to suburban communities entitled Destination Diversity. I just completed an ethnographic documentation of the occupational culture of Arlington National Cemetery.  I am also revising a novel, The Unfinished.

I am author of Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico (2011, University of California Press), winner of the 2012 Chicago Folklore Prize

Through a collaboration with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress I am the academic director of the Field School for Cultural Documentation, an intensive hands-on course on ethnographic research and archiving practices.


  1. Hello Debra Lattanzi Shutika, You have great writing here..Keep writing and enjoy..Please join with facebook wordpress group and share your articles blog.
    Thanks Cyril

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