Deb Rotman is an Associate Professional Specialist in the Department of Anthropology. She is interested in 19th-century Irish immigration to the Midwest, particularly the ways in which Irish families continued traditions from their homeland, incorporated new cultural norms and practices, and otherwise navigated their ever-changing social worlds.
Her research on Irish America fostered her desire to learn more about the experiences of emigrants before they left Ireland. Thus, in 2015-2016, she served as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar with the Heritage Studies Programme at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Castlebar. She seeks to understand how gender intersects with other social prisms, including power, inequality, and ethnic identities. Dr. Rotman has published widely on gender roles and relations, organization of women’s work and domestic labor, and cultural landscapes.
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