Alumni Spotlight: Dinah Hannaford on Migration and Marriage

Dinah Hannaford (PhD, 2014), Assistant Professor of International Studies at Texas A&M University, has two major accomplishments coming up this year. Her first book, Marriage Without Borders: Transnational Spouses in Neoliberal Senegal, will be published in July, and she will be embarking on a Humboldt Fellowship in Germany in the Fall.

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Dr. Hannaford’s book, Marriage Without Borders, is based on ten years of ethnographic research in Senegal and Europe. She examines the dynamics of transnational marriages: Senegalese men living in Europe who are married to Senegalese women back home. Her ethnographic study of these marital relationships shows how they reshape kinship, Islamic piety, and family care. Hannaford argues that “neoliberal globalization and its imperative for mobility extend deep into the family and the heart and stretch relationships across borders.” The book is a revised version of the dissertation research that she conducted while at Emory.

Dr. Hannaford has also been awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the 2017-18 academic year. She will be hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and will work on a new research project about international development, domestic work, and return migration. We are excited to see her new contribution to these topics!

Dr. Vicki Bentley-Condit qualifies as 4-star member of the Boston 50 Running Club

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Dr. Vicki Bentley-Condit, Mt. Charleston Marathon, April 2017

One of Emory Anthropology’s first alumna, Dr. Vicki Bentley-Condit (’95PhD), qualified as a 4-star member of the Boston 50 Running Club. She is currently serving as Department Chair of Anthropology at Grinnell College and is a passionate runner. She gave us an update on her running:

“My first race – ever – was the Peachtree 10k on July 4, 1995. Two days later, I defended my dissertation and three weeks after that, I moved to Iowa. All these years later, I have completed 70 marathons/ultras and an unknown quantity of other distances. I finished my 50 States + DC pursuit in January at the Maui Oceanfront Marathon with my family in attendance. I am currently working on a 50 < 4 (marathons in all 50 states with a finish time of less than 4 hrs) and a 50 BQ (a marathon with a Boston qualifying time in all 50 states) with 12 and 9 states, respectively, remaining on those two goals. I hope to complete those by the end of 2018 and my concurrent goal of 100 marathons/ultras maybe by the end of 2020. After that, who knows? I might branch out to run internationally, perhaps finishing the World Majors or even the seven continents. We’ll see.”

Emory Anthropology offers her best wishes in her many races!

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Dr. Vicki Bentley-Condit, celebrating with her family after her Marathon in Hawaii, January 2017

Jennifer Mascaro finds that a toddler’s gender influences the brain responses and behavior of fathers

Jennifer Mascaro (PhD, Emory Anthropology) published a study in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience based on work she did as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor James Rilling.

The study found differences in behavior fathers showed their children, depending on the child’s gender, from response time to commonly used terminology. The split between fathers of sons and fathers of daughters was also present during brain scans employed in the study. Faced with different pictures, fathers of daughters reacted strongly to pictures of their daughters with happy expressions, while fathers of sons’ strongest reactions were to pictures of their child showing a neutral expression. (eScienceCommons)