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“Thinking with Comparison in the Anthropology/Historical Anthropology of Migration”, University of Lisbon,  Instituto de Ciencias Sociais, April, 27, 2018.

“Gender and Migration in the Context of US Immigration Policy: Implications for the 2016 Elections”, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, September 27, 2016

“DFW: Becoming an Immigrant Gateway”, Old Red Museum of Dallas, Saturday, September 19, 2015.

Keynote Address: “Entering the Public Sphere: The Citizenship Practices of US Immigrants” Keynote Address, Turkish Migration Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, June 25-28, 2015

“Immigration and the DFW Metroplex: A Cultural Perspective on Local Impacts and Local Responses.” The Road to Freedom: Migration and the Search for a Better Life. Sponsored by the William J. O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, September 26, 2014.

“Civic Engagement: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and Vietnamese Immigrants,” US Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice, Dallas, May 16, 2013.

“Anthropology Engages Immigration: Core Concepts and Critical Issues”, Keynote Address, Annual Meeting of the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges, Austin, TX April 11, 2013.

“Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and Vietnamese Immigrants”, Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, Houston, TX, November 2, 2012

“Participatory Citizenship and Civic Engagement: Asian Immigrants in DFW”, Asian Studies Program, University of Texas at Austin, September 20, 2012

“Immigrants and Cities: Old and New Destinations,” Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium, Immigration, Migration, and Transplantation, University of Nebraska, February 16, 2012.

“The Immigration Debate”, SMU in Taos, Taos New Mexico, May 31, 2011.

“Immigrant Dallas,” The Dallas Women’s Club, All-day tour, November 5, 2010

“DFW: A New Immigrant Gateway” Keynote Address to the 2010 Annual Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Conference, October 7, 2010, Dallas, TX.

“Latinos in the United States: Contributions and Challenges”, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club, Sept 16, 2010

“Elsie Clews Parsons: Anthropologist and Renegade”, The Mount and Stonover Farm, Lenox, MA, August 10, 2010.

“A Battle for Power: The Economic and Political Impact of Hispanic Immigration in North Texas,” Panelist, sponsored by the Dallas Democratic Forum, May 19, 2010

“Immigration and Migration: Local Issues”, Distinguished Luncheon Series, SMU Faculty Club, March 3, 2010

“Participatory Citizenship and Civic Engagement: Asian Indians in DFW”, Population Studies Training Center, Brown University, February 25, 2010.

“Debating Immigration Issues (2 lectures)” Godbey Lecture Series, Feb 9 and 16, 2010

“Modes of Immigrant Citizenship and Civic Engagement”, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, November 20, 2009

“The Next Question,” Gamma Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa, Southern Methodist University, Annual Banquet, May, 2009, Dallas, Texas.

“Impacts of Immigration: A Gendered Perspective,” Dallas Women’s Foundation, March, 2009, Dallas, Texas.

“The Immigration Debate”, National Council of Jewish Women, February, 2008, Dallas, Texas.


“Gender, Families, and Immigration Policy” Society for Psychological Anthropology Plenary Session, New Orleans, March 2017

“Migration, Family Structure, and Inheritance: Themes in the Ethnography of William Douglass” Inauguration of a Visiting Professorship in Basque Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, September 25-27, 2016

“Thinking with Comparison in the Anthropology/Historical Anthropology of Migration”, Conference on Comparing Cultures, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, May 26-29, 2016.

“Disciplines Unbound: The Anthropology of Migration in the Post-1965 United States”, for Managing Borders: An Interdisciplinary Conference on American Immigration Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965”, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, April 3-5, 2015

“Immigration, Immigrants, and Suburbs”, 2012 Immigration Law Conference, Hofstra School of Law, May 31-June 1, 2012

“Engaging the Public Sphere: The Civic and Political Incorporation of Post-1965 Indian Immigrants”, What’s New about the New Immigration?, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, April 7-9, 2011

“From Cities to Civic Engagement: Comparative Perspectives on Migration”, Interdisciplinary Workshop on Crossing Borders, University of Iowa, February 24-27, 2011

“Deciding to Jump: Immigration, Gender and Civic Engagement”, Mcculloch Center for Global Initiative, Mount Holyoke College, March 6, 2010

“Local Responses to the Presence of Immigrants: Suburban Settlement and the ‘threat’ to Middle Class Status”, Prepared for “Bringing Class Back In: Immigrants and Immigration through the Prism of Class”, European Consortium for Political Research, Potsdam, Germany, September 10-12, 2009.

“The Curious Case of Honor and Shame in Mediterranean Anthropology: An Overview”, Prepared for “Crimes of Honor in a Mobile World: Past and Present”, Rockefeller Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy, September 7-10, 2009

“DFW: A New Gateway City of Immigration”, Prepared for “Transnational Migration to New Regional Centers: Policy Challenges, Practice, and the Migrant Experience”, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Kennan Institute, Washington DC, June 4, 2008.