Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Georgetown University
Denise Brennan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Georgetown University. Her most recent book, Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States, follows the lives of the first trafficking survivors in the United States and highlights the connection between undocumented status and labor exploitation. Professor Brennan is also the author of What’s Love Got to Do with It? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic that explores how Dominican women strategically use the sex sector to meet European tourists, feign love, and legally migrate off the island through marriage. She currently is writing a book, Life without Papers, that examines how undocumented people navigate the constant threat of detention and deportation. As part of the research for Life without Papers, Professor Brennan drove coast to coast last summer along the border inside the "100-Mile Border Zone" -- an enhanced immigration enforcement zone – to showcase the everyday strategies, struggles, and improvisations in this immigration hot zone. She is retracing her steps this coming summer to document how people are staying safe since President Trump’s election. Professor Brennan founded the Trafficking Survivor Leadership Training Fund to which all royalties from Life Interrupted are donated.