Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Anthropology


Jessaca Leinaweaver conducts research in cultural anthropology and anthropological demography within Peru and the Peruvian diaspora. She has published on informal child fostering in the urban Andes, aging in Andean Peru, and transnational adoption and migration from Peru to Spain.

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On the Web

  • Peru's child-welfare warning. In the Winnipeg Free Press.
  • It’s high time Nova Scotia opened up its adoption records. In the Chronicle Herald (Halifax, N.S.)
  • Peru Should Think Outside the 'Baby Box'. In US News & World Report
  • Who owns your DNA? The question matters to some Nova Scotia adoptees. For CBC Nova Scotia.
  • Latin America’s Institutional Failure - In US News & World Report
  • Cuando regatear al sistema es el único camino para crear una familia. Jessaca Leinaweaver and Diana Marre. In SAPIENS,
  • When Gaming the System Is the Only Way to Parenthood. Jessaca Leinaweaver and Diana Marre. In SAPIENS,
  • Hungry for shame — who’s trashing America’s school lunch? In The Hill
  • The government will be flying blind with an inaccurate 2020 Census. In The Hill
  • Breaking families apart: The moral and economic costs to the US. In
  • Mellon Sawyer Award (Brown news story)
  • Mellon Sawyer Award (Watson story)
  • Mellon Sawyer Award (BDH story)
  • Interview re Adoptive Migration - (in Spanish)
  • Adoptive Migration (2013)
  • Download the introduction to Adoptive Migration (2013)
  • La migración adoptiva: Criando latinos en España (2015)
  • Jessaca Leinaweaver on adoption in Spain
  • Margaret Mead Award (2010) - Today at Brown story
  • Margaret Mead Award (2010) - Anthropology News story
  • Margaret Mead Award (2010) - ProJo story
  • Margaret Mead Award (2010) - SfAA story
  • Margaret Mead Award (2010) - Brown Daily Herald story
  • Vartan Gregorian Assistant Professor (2010)
  • New Faculty (2008)
  • Los niños ayacuchanos (2009)
  • The Circulation of Children (2008)