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Anthropology Program Director
Dr. Miguel Leatham


Sociology & Anthropology

Ms. Shawn Keane



David P. Sandell

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 2004; Associate Professor.

Research and teaching interests: cultural anthropology, poetics, political economy, folklore, religion, transnational migration; U.S. Southwest, Mexico.




Short Bio

David Sandell’s research and teaching interests focus on cultural poetics of the U.S. Southwest and Mexico. Cultural poetics refer to stories, ritual, lore and other ways people create parallels or points of comparison that reflect on, shape, and give their lives meaning. He has examined cultural poetics in two areas of research. One addresses Mexican and Mexican American people of faith in Fresno, California, and the other, people from the Mexican state of Guanajuato and affiliated with U.S.-bound migration.


The research has yielded upper division courses and several publications. Courses include, Mexican American Culture, Comparative Studies in Transnational Migration, Transnational Processes, and Qualitative Research. The research also plays a role in the tenor of introductory courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology.



2015. Open Your Heart: Religion and Cultural Poetics of Greater Mexico. University of Notre Dame Press.


2014. Mexican Retablo. Journal of Folklore Research 51, no. 1:13-47.


2014. Migrant Community. Qualitative Inquiry 20, no. 3:318-325.


2013. Mexican Pilgrimage, Migration, and Discovery of the Sacred. Journal of American Folklore 126, no. 502:361-384.


2010. Where Mourning Takes Them: Migrants, Borders and an Alternative Reality. Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. 38, no. 2:179–204.


2009. Poetics, Politics, and the Life of Latino Catholics in California. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 34 (Spring):125–154.


2009. Ritual, Stories, and the Poetics of a Journey Home Among Latino Catholics. Anthropology of Consciousness 20, no. 1:53–80.


2009. A Space of Their Own: Stories about Work and Migration from Mexico. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development. 38, no. 2-4: 203–233.


2003. John Rollin Ridge's Joaquin Murieta and the Legacy of the Mexican American Frontier. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 3 (Fall):21-55.

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