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. The Field School document community gardens in Arlington, VA during the summer of 2016.
My current project is a novel, The Other Kate, a mystery about postmodern changelings.
I am also writing an ethnographic account of immigrants in suburbia entitled Destination Diversity: 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