David W Haines

David W Haines

David W Haines

Emeritus Faculty

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 migration. 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. Recent journal articles include "Diseasescape and Immobility" with Yuk Wah Chan (in Mobilities 2023), "Making a National Program National" (in International Migration Review 2023), and "The Perils of Being a Pastor" (in Anthropological Forum 2023).

Dr. Haines is a two-time Fulbright scholar, a 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 past co-president of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy.

Selected Publications

David Haines, Jayne Howell, and Fethi Keles, eds. Maintaining Refuge: Anthropological Reflections in Uncertain Times. American Anthropological Association, Committee on Refugees and Immigrants. 2017.

David Haines, Immigration Structures and Immigrant Lives: An Introduction to  the U.S. Experience. Rowman and Littlefield. 2017.

David Haines, An Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, 2nd ed. University Press of Colorado. 2017.

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.


Expanded Publication List

See author's web page for additional publications.