Professor of Anthropology


Jessaca Leinaweaver is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in anthropological demography; children, fostering, and families 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)