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Stacey Leigh Vanderhurst

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Blake Hall
Room 323
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Stacey Vanderhurst is a cultural anthropologist specializing in gender, migration, and governance. She earned a PhD from Brown University and then served as the Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Law, Culture, and Society at Indiana University’s Michael Maurer School of Law. She joined the WGSS faculty in Fall 2015.


Ph.D., Anthropology, Brown University

M.A., Anthropology, Brown University

B.A., Double major in Anthropology and International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Visiting Student, Departments of Sociology and Politics, Trinity College Dublin

Teaching Interests

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Women's migration
  • Global feminisms
  • Gender and development
  • Sex work and human trafficking


Her current book project examines anti-trafficking programs in Nigeria, including the national politics of women’s migration and the morality of women’s mobility more generally. It is based on 18 months of fieldwork inside a state-run shelter for women identified as human trafficking victims, variously supported by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner Gren Foundation, and the American Council for Learned Societies.

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