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Dr. Katherine McCaffrey, professor, received her PhD in anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Interested in a public facing anthropology that engages contemporary problems, Dr. McCaffrey has conducted research on a movement to remove a military live fire range in Vieques, Puerto Rico and subsequent struggles for public health and environmental remediation. Her more recent participatory action research in Orange, New Jersey looks at asset-based community development efforts to resist gentrification and displacement. With Melina Macall, she co-founded a non-profit organization, The United Tastes of America, that draws on her anthropological toolkit to welcome resettled refugees, bridge cultural divides, and fight xenophobia through shared meals. She teaches classes on Latin America, the Twentieth Century, and Building Sustainable Communities.

Research interests

Social inequality and violence, its consequences, and resistance to it in Latin America and the United States.

Scholarly Interests

Participatory action field research among new immigrants and refugees in New Jersey.


Latin America, the Twentieth Century, and Building Sustainable Communities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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