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I am Brittany "Bri" Romanello, an Italian-American, multilingual Anthropology Ph.D. candidate in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. I am trained in both cultural anthropology and qualitative sociology, and my general research interests are Latin@ migrations, gender, race, US religions, and ethnography.
I grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormonism) and attended English and Spanish-speaking congregations and activities for most of my life. My current ethnographic project involved interviewing almost Latina Mormon immigrants to better elucidate how Latina Mormon mothers experience immigration processes, ethnoreligious identity formation, marriage, and parenting in American Southwest society and the Church body. I use various gendered migration and immigrant mothering theoretical frameworks to better understand incorporation, identity, courtship, family parenting practices, and personal power in faith-based communities.
I am an instructor of Anthropology at Phoenix college, teaching ASB211: Wom@n in Other Cultures and ASB 202: Ethnic Relations in the US. I am also Graduate Research Associate Manager for the NSF and Russell Sage-funded "Arizona Youth Identity Project" at ASU's T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. (https://thesanfordschool.asu.edu/az-youth-identity-project)
- M.A. Anthropology, Arizona State University
- Immigration Studies Certificate, Arizona State University
- B.A. Spanish for the Professions, University of Nevada- Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV
- Anthropology/ Gender Studies, La Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla Mexico
immigration, ethnoreligious identity, gender, race/ ethnicity, religious community
Published Journal Papers
Romanello, Brittany. "Not a Country or a Stereotype: Latina LDS Experiences of Ethnic Homogenization and Racial Tokenism in the American West" Religions 12, no. 5: 333. (2021)
Romanello, B. “Multiculturalism as Resistance: Latina Migrants Navigate U.S. Mormon Spaces.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 53, no. 1 (2020): 5-31.
SturtzSreetharan, C., Agostini, G., Wutich, A., Mitchell, C., Rines, O., Romanello, B., & Brewis, A. “I Need to Lose Some Weight”: Masculinity and Body Image as Negotiated Through Fat Talk.” Psychology of Men & Masculinities 21, no. 1 (2019): 148-161.
Published Book Review
Romanello, B. “The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista: A Striking Historiography into the Dualities of Mexican Mormondom.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. (Accepted. Forthcoming Summer 2021).