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Amelia Frank-Vitale


I am a cultural anthropologist focused on Central American migration and violence. After years in Mexico studying transit migration, my current project focuses on life in and around San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Using ethnography and participatory photography, I document how deportees reconfigure their lives and reimagine their futures after being sent back to some of the world's most dangerous neighborhoods.

My dissertation fieldwork is funded by the Social Science Research Council, The Wenner-Gren Foundation, The Inter-American Foundation, The Fulbright, and the Rackham International Research Award from the University of Michigan. 

In 2021, I received my PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. I hold a BA in Anthropology from Yale University, an MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University, and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. I am also a collaborator with Dr. Jason De León's Undocumented Migration Project, currently housed at UCLA. 

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer with the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University


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