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.


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  2. cyril · October 27, 2011

    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

  3. Matt Johnson · October 27, 2011

    Fantastic writing, Debra! Do you write anything on Obamacare or about the ACA?

  4. Sharon Separ · October 27

    Love all the posts, but especially the ones you write yourself!

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