Dr. Deborah Reed-Danahay is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research in Europe and in the United States. She is interested in the articulations of local, regional, national and supranational identities as expressed in the intimate settings of everyday as well as in public ceremonies and events, in published memoirs, and in institutions such as schools. Ideas and expressions of home and belonging are central themes in her research.
Although Dr. Reed-Danahay retains a strong interest in and connection to rural France, her attention has turned in recent years to the study of migration in both the U.S. and in Europe. She conducted research among Vietnamese Americans in Texas that has included both ethnographic research and the study of memoirs and graphic novels. This resulted in a book and several articles. Dr. Reed-Danahay has more recently been engaged in a new ethnographic project on French migration to the city of London. She also continues her interest in the work of Pierre Bourdieu, about which she is writing a second book.
Dr. Reed-Danahay is currently a Jean Monnet Chair in Cultural Anthropology (2015-2018), and her focus in this position is on citizenship, mobility, and belonging in the EU.
She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies and is an Associate Member of the Sophiapol Lab at the University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre La Defense.
She is co-editor of two book series, Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology and New Anthropologies of Europe.
Dr. Reed-Danahay was the Director of the Center for European Studies (CEUS) from 2010-2015, and is a past-President of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (2010-2012) and a former Yip Fellow (2012) at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. She has received grants from NSF, NEH, Fulbright, and the Russell Sage Foundation.
Dr. Reed-Danahay supervises graduate students at both M.A. and Ph.D. levels with interests in migration (in both North America and Europe), urban and rural studies, various topics related to the European Union and Europe more broadly, anthropological studies of youth and education, and personal narrative/life history.
- 2019 [in press] Bourdieu and Social Space: Mobilities, Trajectories, Emplacements. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Publishers.
- 2012 Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and Vietnamese Immigrants. Stanford: Stanford University Press (with coauthor Caroline B. Brettell).
- 2008 Citizenship, Political Engagement and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (with coeditor Caroline B. Brettell). Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009
- 2005 Locating Bourdieu. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
- 1997 Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social. Oxford: Berg Publishers.
- 1996 Education and Identity in Rural France: The Politics of Schooling. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Editor, Special Journal Issue
- 1987 Anthropological Research in France: Problems and Prospects for the Study of Complex Society. Anthropological Quarterly 60(2).
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Bourdieu, Social Space, and the Nation-State: Implications for Migration Studies,” Sociologica [Bologna] (Symposium / Space, Interaction and Communication, edited by Barbara Grüning and René Tuma). 2: 1-22, 2017. Doi: 10.2383/88198 http://www.sociologica.mulino.it/journal/issue/index/Issue/Journal:ISSUE:33
- "Autoethnography." In John Jackson, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
- "Bourdieu and Critical Autoethnography: Implications for Research, Writing, and Teaching," International Journal of Multicultural Education. 19(1):144-154, 2017.
- “Participating, Observing, Witnessing,” In Simon Coleman, Susan Hyatt, and Ann Kingsolver, eds., Routledge Companion to Cultural Anthropology. Pp. 57-71. New York and Oxford: Routledge, 2017.
- “Confronting Community: From the Social Spaces of Rural France to the Vietnamese Diaspora.” In Anne Raulin and Susan Carol Rogers, eds., Transatlantic Parallaxes: Toward a Reciprocal Anthropology. Pp.125-142. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015.
- "‘Like a Foreigner in my own Homeland’: Writing the Dilemmas of Return in the Vietnamese American Diaspora," Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 22(5): 603-618, 2015.
- “Social Space: Distance, Proximity, and Thresholds of Affinity.” In Vered Amit, ed., Thinking Through Sociality: An Anthropological Interrogation of Key Concepts. Pp. 69-96. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015.
- “The Vietnamese American Buddhist Youth Association: A Community of Practice for Learning Civic Skills," TSANTSA [Journal of the Swiss Ethnological Society] 7: 76-85, 2012.
- “La notion de ‘ communauté’ à l’épreuve des terrains : des espaces sociaux de la France rurale à la diaspora vietnamienne,” Parallaxes Transatlantiques: Pour une Anthropologie Réciproque. Edited by Anne Raulin and Susan Carol Rogers. Pp. 159-180. Paris: Editions du CNRS, 2012.
- “Citizenship, Immigration, and Embodiment: Vietnamese Americans in North-Central Texas.” In Meenakshi Thapan, ed. Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times. Pp. 101-119. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (India): Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd., 2010.
- “Bourdieu’s Ethnography in Béarn and Kabylia: The Peasant Habitus.” In Goodman, Jane and Paul A. Silverstein, eds. Bourdieu in Algeria: Colonial Policies, Theoretical Developments. Pp. 133-163. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.
- “Anthropologists, Education, and Autoethnography: Rebekah Nathan, My Freshman Year; Robin Fox, Participant Observer, Sherry Ortner, New Jersey Dreaming; Anne Meneley and Donna J. Young, eds., Auto-Ethnographies: The Anthropology of Academic Practices.” Reviews in Anthropology. 38: 28-47, 2009.
- "`Communities of Practice’ for Civic and Political Engagement: Asian Indian and Vietnamese Immigrant Organizations in a Southwest Metropolis,” Caroline B. Brettell and Deborah Reed-Danahay. In Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick and Irene Bloemraad, eds. 2008. Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations and Political Engagement. Pp. 195-221. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2008.
- “From the ‘Imagined Community’ to ‘Communities of Practice’: Immigrant Belonging among Vietnamese Americans.” In Deborah Reed-Danahay and Caroline B. Brettell, eds., Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States. Pp. 78-98. New Brunswick, NJ and London: Rutgers University Press, 2008.
- “Introduction,” Deborah Reed-Danahay and Caroline B. Brettell. In Deborah Reed-Danahay and Caroline B. Brettell, eds., Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States. Pp. 1-18. New Brunswick, NJ and London: Rutgers University Press, 2008.
- “Citizenship Education in the 'New Europe’: Who Belongs?” In Bradley Levinson and Doyle Stevick, eds., Reimagining Civic Education: How Diverse Societies Form Democratic Citizens. Pp. 197-215. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, Pubs., 2007.
- “De la Résistance: Ethnographie et Théorie dans la France Rurale,” Education et Sociétés (Paris): 19(1):115-131, 2007. [Revision and translation of Reed-Danahay 1993].
- “Becoming Educated, Becoming an Individual? Tropes of Distinction and 'Modesty' in French Narratives of Rurality.” In Vered Amit and Noel Dyck, eds., Claiming Individuality: The Cultural Politics of Distinction. Pp. 131-52. London: Pluto Press, 2006.
- “Desire, Migration, and Attachment to Place: Life Stories of Rural French Women.” In Bilinda Straight, ed., Women on the Verge of Home: Narratives of Home and Transgressive Travel. Pp. 129-148. Albany: SUNY Press, 2005.
- “Tristes Paysans: Bourdieu’s Early Ethnography in Béarn and Kabylia,” Anthropological Quarterly. 77(1):87-106, 2004.
- “Europeanization and French Primary Education: Local Implications of Supranational Policies.” In Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, ed., Local Meanings, Global Schooling: Anthropology and World Culture Theory. Pp. 201-18. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
- “Sites of Memory: Autoethnographies from Rural France,” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. Special Issue on Biography and Geography 25(1): 95-109, 2002.
- “`This is Your Home Now!’” Conceptualizing Location and Dislocation in a Dementia Unit, Qualitative Research. 1(1):47-63, 2001.
- “Autobiography, Intimacy, and Ethnography.” In Paul Atkinson, Amanda Coffey, Sara Delamont, Lyn Lofland, and John Lofland, eds., Handbook of Ethnography. Pp.407-25. London: Sage Publications, 2001. [Paperback edition, 2007]
- “Habitus and Cultural Identity: Home/School Relationships in Rural France.” In Bradley Levinson, ed., Schooling the Symbolic Animal. Pp. 223-236. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.
- “Friendship, Kinship and the Life Course in Rural Auvergne.” In Sandra Bell and Simon Coleman, eds., The Anthropology of Friendship. Pp.137-154. Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 1999.
- “Introduction.” In D. Reed-Danahay, ed., Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social. Pp. 1-17. Oxford and New York: Berg, 1997.
- “Leaving Home: Schooling Stories and the Ethnography of Autoethnography in Rural France.” In D. Reed-Danahay, ed., Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social. Pp. 123-143. Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 1997.
- “Diversity and Health Care: The Nursing Home.” In Larry L. Naylor, ed., Diversity in American Culture. Pp. 291-303. S. Hadley, MA: Bergin and Garvey, 1997.
- “Persistance et Adaptation d’un Rite de Passage: La Fête Communale et les “Conscrits” dans une Commune du Puy-de-Dôme,” Revue d'Auvergne. 539 (2):130-6, 1996.
- “Champagne and Chocolate: `Taste` and Inversion in a French Wedding Ritual,” American Anthropologist. 98(4):750-761, 1996.
- “The Kabyle and the French: Occidentalism in Bourdieu's Theory of Practice." In James Carrier (ed.), Occidentalism: Images of the West. Pp. 61-84. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
- “Talking About Resistance: Ethnography and Theory in Rural France,” Anthropological Quarterly. 66(4):221-246, 1993.
- “La production de l'identité régionale: L'Auvergnat dans le Puy-de-Dôme rural,” Ethnologie française. (Paris) 21(1)42-48, 1991.
- “Backward Countryside, Troubled City: French Teachers' Images of Rural and Working-Class Families,” Deborah Reed-Danahay and Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt. American Ethnologist. 18(3):546-564, 1991.
- “Farm Children at School: Educational Strategies in Rural France,” Anthropological Quarterly. 60(2):83-89, 1987.
- “Introduction: Anthropological Research in France: Problems and Prospects for the Study of Complex Society,” Deborah Reed-Danahay and Susan Carol Rogers. Anthropological Quarterly. 60(2):51-55, 1987.
- “Une approche des rapports de l'école et du pouvoir en Auvergne par une ethnologue Américaine, Bulletin des Ruralistes Français (Paris). 16(4):4-9, 1981.