Miranda Hallett

Contact Information

  • Phone: 937-229-2430
  • Location: SJ 406

Miranda Hallett

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Miranda Cady Hallett has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in El Salvador since 1998 and with Salvadoran immigrant communities in the US since 2004. Her teaching and research interests range over Latin American studies, globalization and inequality, immigration, citizenship law and labor rights, and applied anthropology. Miranda is also an engaged public anthropologist with a commitment to civil rights and social justice movements. Many of her courses incorporate community service and experiential learning.

Professor Hallett previously taught at Otterbein University, where she was honored by a nomination for Best New Teacher of the Year Award (2011) and was granted the Center for Community Engagement’s Citizen Teacher Award (2012).


  • Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, Cornell University, 2009

Selected Publications

“Temporary Protection, Enduring Contradiction: the contested and contradictory meanings of temporary immigration status.” 2014. Law & Social Inquiry, 39: 621–642.

“Deferred Deportation, Community Transformation: dynamics of place-identification and legal exclusion in rural Arkansas.” 2013. In Latin American Migrations to the U.S. Heartland. Linda Allegro and Andrew Grant Wood, editors. University of Illinois Press.

“Better than White Trash: race, class, and moral capital in the new Latino South” In Latino Studies Vol. X Issues 1-2. Spring/Summer 2012.

“Diasporic Suffrage: voting rights in the Salvadoran trans-nation.” Co-written with Beth Baker-Cristales. In Urban Anthropology, Vol. 39, Nos. 1-2. Spring and Summer 2010.

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