Director of Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Professional Specialist, Institute for Latino Studies
Karen Richman is a cultural anthropologist. Her fields of research and scholarship include transnational migration, religion, family, expressive culture, language, labor, economy and gender and she works in the Americas and the Caribbean, especially with communities with roots in Haiti, Mexico and the United States. She is the author of Migration and Vodou (2005) and of numerous articles and book chapters. Richman won the 2009 Heizer award for the best article in the field of ethnohistory for her publication, “Innocent Imitations? Mimesis and Alterity in Haitian Vodou Art.” In 2012, she co-edited a special volume on Haitian Religion for Studies in Religion. Her current project is an interdisciplinary study of Latino retirement.
She is the Undergraduate Academic Director of the Institute for Latino Studies, a faculty member of the Anthropology and Romance Languages Departments and a fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Eck Institutes for Global Studies at the University of Notre Dame.