Hello, I’m Debra Lattanzi Shutika, author of Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico (2011, University of California Press), an ethnography that explores the lives of Mexican immigrants and their American neighbors in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and the transformation of their home community in Mexico. Beyond the Borderlands is the winner of the 2012 Chicago Folklore Prize. I direct the Field School for Cultural Documentation, a collaborative project with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The Field School has completed four community-based documentation projects, including the occupational culture of Arlington National Cemetery and most recently, the Alexandria Waterfront.
My current project is a novel, Darkness into Light, a mystery about a postmodern changeling, switched with her “twin” in 1964.
I am also writing an ethnographic account of immigrants in suburbia entitled Diversity and Difference: Migration and Belonging in a Multiethnic World.
I teach Folklore, ethnographic writing and ethnographic research methods at George Mason University.
Email: DebraLattanzi96 AT gmail DOT com
Blog: Living Ethnography