College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Debra Lattanzi Shutika


Associate Professor

Sense of Place, transnational migration, Latin American folklore

Debra Lattanzi Shutika is a folklorist specializing in transnational migration, Space, Place and Locality studies, and Latino folklore. She received a Ph.D and M.A. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and 1999 respectively, and an M.A. in American Literature from GMU in 1993. She teaches courses on ethnicity and migration, American and Latino folklore, sense of place, bodylore and Appalachian folklore. She is 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. Her current research is an ethnographic study of immigrant-citizen relations in three communities in the United States and Mexico.

Dissertations Supervised

Jason Morris, Local Renewable Energy Actions in the Washington D.C. Region: Political Economy, Place, Policy and Culture (2014)

Young A. Jung, Emplacing Parenting: Migration and Belonging among Korean Gireogi Families (2014)