Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

David W Haines

David W Haines

David W Haines



Anthropology: migration, governance, kinship, information technology, East and Southeast Asia

David W. Haines received his M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies and Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University. Prior to coming to George Mason University in 1997, he had worked for the federal government's refugee resettlement program and served as a senior manager at the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.

Teaching areas include general cultural anthropology, East Asia, refugees, and immigration. He was a recipient of GMU's Teaching Excellence Award in 2003. Publications include several edited volumes on refugees and immigrants, an alternative introductory anthropology text, a monograph on Vietnamese kinship, and numerous articles in professional journals on migration, kinship, and governance.

Dr. Haines is a two-time Fulbright scholar (most recently in Korea), the former chair of the American Anthropological Association's Committee on Refugees and Immigrants, a three-term chair of the faculty of George Mason's College of Arts and Sciences, a past president of the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology and the current Co-President Elect of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy.

Selected Publications

David Haines, Keiko Yamanaka, and Shinji Yamashita, eds. Wind over Water: Migration in an East Asian Context. Berghahn. 2012.

David Haines, Safe Haven? A History of Refugees in America. Kumarian Press / Lynne Rienner. 2010.

David Haines, The Limits of Kinship: South Vietnamese Households, 1954-1975. Northern Illinois University: Southeast Asia Publications. 2006

David Haines, Cultural Anthropology: Adaptations, Structures, Meanings. Pearson Prentice Hall. 2005.

David Haines and Carol Mortland, eds. Manifest Destinies: Americanizing Immigrants and Internationalizing Americans.. Praeger. 2001.

Expanded Publication List

See author's web page for additional publications.