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Linda J. Seligmann

Professor of Anthropology

Expertise: Adoption (International and Transracial), Andean Region of Latin America, Agrarian Issues, Shining Path Movement, Informal Economies, Quechua People

Seligmann is the author of the forthcoming book “Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption across Race, Class, and Nation” (Stanford University Press July 2013). She has done first-hand research and extensive interviews on families who have adopted children from China and Russia, and who have adopted African American children transracially. She can discuss the changing faces of American families, which constitutes a particular kind of immigration. In addition, she can also discuss women and work, specifically the participation of women in the informal economy.

Seligmann has worked in the Andean region of Latin America for more than twenty years.  She specializes in agrarian issues, Quechua culture and the dynamics of the informal economy. 

She received her PhD from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1987.  She was associate director of the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a faculty fellow in the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University before coming to George Mason. 

Seligmann is fluent in Spanish and Quechua. 

She has published political analyses in local and national newspapers and journals, including The Washington Post and the Latin American Studies Association Forum. 

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