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De Ann Pendry

Distinguished Lecturer



Migration and Transnationalism, Medical Anthropology, Poverty and Health, Power Relations and Social Change, Cultural Analysis of Science and Technology, Race and Ethnicity, Gender, Religion, U.S. Latinos, Mexico, and Central America


  • Ph.D. 2003, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. 1988, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S.E. 1980, Secondary Education: Spanish/Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • B.A. 1977, Spanish/Latin American Studies, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville



  • Control, Compliance, and Common Sense: Diabetes Care for Working Class Mexican Americans (manuscript in progress, based on dissertation, University of Texas Press interested in publishing based on précis and first two chapters).


  • 2011  “Seeking to Understand the Politics of Immigration in Tennessee,” Norteamérica 6 (special issue): 129-178.  Special issue on “Immigration to the Southeastern United States,” Elaine Levine and Alan LeBaron, guest editors, journal published by Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte, Universidad Autónoma de México. Click here to download PDF
  • 1998  Crossing Borders with Information and Resources for the Treatment of Diabetes.  In The Survival of Families in Poverty in the United States/Mexico Border Region, Manuel Ribeiro Ferreira and David M. Austin, eds. Monterrey, México: Schools of Social Work at University of Texas at Austin and Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, pp. 121-155.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • 2012  State and Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws in Tennessee: Analyzing the Effects of 287(g)and "Secure Communities."  The 4th Conference on Immigration to the Southeast, hosted by Kennesaw State University.
  • 2008  Engaging in Immigration Debates at the State and Local Levels: Conundrums for Immigrants and their Allies in Tennessee.  American Anthropological Association meetings, San Francisco.
  • 2006  The Diabetes Epidemics: Genetics or the Environment? Using Race Theory and Critical Medical Anthropology to Weigh in on the Debate.  American Anthropological Association meetings, San Jose.
  • 2005  The Politics of Compliance in Medical Encounters with Low-Income Minority Patients.  American Anthropological Association meetings, Washington, D.C.
  • 2002  The Core Metaphor of Control: Questioning the Common Sense of Biomedical Discourse and its Effects on Diabetes Care.  Society for Applied Anthropology meeting, Atlanta.
  • 1993  Researchers, Social Agencies, and Single Mothers.  With Erica David and Pamela Smith.  Society for Applied Anthropology meetings, San Antonio.
  • 1991  The Misa Campesina: Revolutionary Change "a la nica."  Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Washington, D.C.

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