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Brittany Romanello

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Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3701
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Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3701
Student Information:
Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Brittany Romanello is a sociocultural anthropology doctoral student.  Her work is broadly centered on understanding the impact immigration policy, North American history, discretionary justice, and gender norms have on immigrant mothers' social and economic outcomes. She is additionally interested in exploring how undocumented or unprotected legal status may influence immigrant mothers' resource accessibility within religious contexts in the United States. Her dissertation project investigates how migrant Latina mothers in the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) enact personal agency and negotiate social belonging in pan-ethnic, Spanish speaking Latin American congregations. She currently serves as a member of the Womens' Consult on Latter-Day Saint Women in Historical Perspective for the Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and as the Research Assistant Manager for The Arizona Youth Identity Project (



  • M.A. Anthropology, Arizona State University
  • Immigration Studies Certificate, Arizona State University
  • B.A. Spanish for the Professions, University of Nevada- Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV
  • Anthropology/ Gender Studies, La Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla Mexico
Research Interests: 

immigration, motherhood, identity, intersectionality, social bonds, organized religion, Mormonism


Published Works:

Brittany Romanello, "Multiculturalism as Resistance: Latina Migrants Navigate U.S. Mormon Spaces." Dialouge: A Journal of Mormon Thought. Dialogue 53, no. 1, Spring 2020 (2020)

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi, Gina Agostini, Amber Wutich, Charlayne Mitchell, Olivia Rines, Brittany Romanello, and Alexandra Brewis. "“I need to lose some weight”: Masculinity and body image as negotiated through fat talk." Psychology of Men & Masculinities (2019).

Accepted Book Review:

Romanello,BThe Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista: A Striking Historiography into the Dualities of Mexican Mormondom. Dialogue Journal. (forthcoming) Summer 2021.





Research Activity: 

Mentions in the Media:

2020 in Review: An Overview of Recent Articles in Mormon History

Mormon women are finding their voices. Are Mormon men listening?

"ASU project uses immigration stories to inspire community mural"

"Join the Mural Collaboration Project: Sharing Cross-Generational Immigration Stories" by Brittany Romanello. Nov 2018