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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. Latinx, 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

Professional Service

Advisory Group. The Spirit of Día de los Muertos special exhibit, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Faculty Sponsor, Student Advocates for Medicine in Politics

Disaster, Displacement, and Human Rights

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Global Studies

Awards and Recognitions

2022. Outstanding Student Organization Advisor, Center for Student Engagement

2013. Espíritu Latino Award, Centro Hispano de East Tennessee

2011. Peacemaker Award, Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance

2009. November Faculty Spotlight, Office of Information Technology/Innovative Technology Consulting

2008. Leadership Award, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

2007. Leadership Awards, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition




Selected Conference Presentations

  • 2022. Guatemalan Maya Migration: An Overview. Southeast Immigration Studies Association, Charleston, SC.
  • 2020. COVID-19 Responses in Indigenous Communities in Central America, with Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj and Melesio Peter Espinoza. American Anthropological Association, online.
  • 2018. Immigrant Rights and Immigration Enforcement in Tennessee: Luchas por los derechos de inmigrantes en Tennessee, Latin American Studies Association, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2016. Immigrant Rights in Tennessee: Building on Legacies of Latin American and Civil Rights Movement Activism, Latin American Studies Association, New York, NY.
  • 2014. Popular Organizing, Story-Telling, and an Awareness of Inequalities: Are They Leading to Changes in Local, State, and Federal Immigration Policies?  American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • 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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