Anna Jaysane-DarrDr. Anna Jaysane-Darr

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


About Me

As an educator, I am particularly interested in cultural awareness, engaged education, and global citizenship. Thus, I encourage modes of learning that connect the classroom with our broader society, and invite students to lead the educational process. I regard the classroom as a space for generating and workshopping ideas and projects, and hope to galvanize students to use their education to make the world a better place.

Research/Creative Interests

I am a cultural and medical anthropologist specializing in reproduction, medicalization, neurodiversity, and refugee studies. My past research centered on the experience of refugee resettlement in the United States, refugee assistance organizations, and medical and familial management of reproduction. Newer projects are concerned with the lived experience of autism in the United States and South Africa, global public health interventions in behavioral health, and lab-based research on autism spectrum disorder etiologies and treatment.


In press. "Ethnic Refuge." Anthropology News Special Issue "Maintaining Refuge."

2016. “‘Birth Is a Miracle Only to God’: Reconfiguring Kinship through Reproductive Suffering in the South Sudanese Diaspora.” Social Dynamics 42 (2): 321–34.

2013. “Nurturing Sudanese, Producing Americans: Refugee Parents and Personhood.” In Parenting in Global Perspective: Negotiating Ideologies of Kinship, Self, and Politics, edited by Charlotte Faircloth, Diane Hoffman, and Linda L. Layne, 101–15. London: Routledge.

2010. “Galaxies of Meaning: Semiotics in Media Theory.” Semiotica 182: 229–46.


“Enabling and Disabling Emotional Diversity," Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group Conference, 2017.

“Emotional Regimes: Maternalism, Power, and Affect in a Refugee-Serving Nonprofit Organization," American Anthropological Association, 2015

“Producing Reproductive Bodies: Intersectionality and Biopolitics in a South Sudanese (Former) Refugee Community," American Anthropological Association, 2014

“Diasporic Identity and Linguistic Alterities: Visibility Projects Among South Sudanese Refugees," American Ethnological Association/Society for Visual Anthropology, 2014

Contact Information

Office: Murdock Hall 315

(413) 662-5112


Office Hours

Wednesday 4:30-6:00 pm, Thursday 1-3 pm, and by appointment

Murdock Hall 315



Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2013

M.A., School of Oriental and African Studies, 2003

B.A., New York University


Courses Taught

ANTH 140: Peoples of the World

ANTH 395 01: Global Health

ANTH 395 02: Anthropology of Refugees and Displacement

ANTH 365: Gender Roles and Culture

ANTH 395 01: Community Health