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Brittany Romanello

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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 Latinx 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, as a active representative for the Association of All Graduate Students (AAGS), and program committee member for the Southwest Oral History Association.



  • 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).

Projects in Preparation

Journal Articles:

Romanello, B. “‘Not a Country or Stereotype: Emerging Research on Mormon Latinas' Interracial Marriages, Social Networks, and Power Negotations" (Est. Submission, July 2020)

Romanello, B. " We’re Either a Novelty or Nuisance: Global Latinx Identities and Ethnic Homogenization in American Mormonism." Religions Journal Special Issue. (ISSN 2077-1444). (Est. publication Spring 2021).

Book Reviews:

Romanello, B. Book Review, "Elisa Eastwood Pulido's The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista: Mexican Mormon Evangelizer, Polygamist Dissident, and Utopian Founder, 1878-1961." Dialogue Journal. (est. publication Spring 2021). 



Research Activity: 

"ASU project uses immigration stories to inspire community mural"


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