Department of Sociology & Anthropology


David W. Haines
Professor Emeritus

Selected publications and professional activities 

Wind over Water: A comparative project on East Asian migration

Coming Home: A project on American students returning from overseas

The Diversity at Mason series: Full text on-line

Contacts: I am retired from active teaching at George Mason, but you can still reach me by email at: dhaines1@gmu.edu

David 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 DWH photo worked for the federal government’s refugee resettlement program and served as a senior manager at the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.

He is a two-time Fulbright scholar (South Korea in 2004 and Western Europe [England, France, the Netherlands] in 1987-88), a past president of the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA), convener of the Wind over Water comparative project on East Asian migration, and a founding member of George Mason's Diversity Research Group. He is also currently Co-President of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy.

Publications include several edited volumes on refugees and immigrants, two historical monographs (one on Vietnamese kinship and the other on refugees in the United States), and numerous articles in professional journals on migration, kinship, and governance. Teaching areas include East Asia, information technology, refugees, and migration. He was a recipient of George Mason's Teaching Excellence Award in 2003. 

His most recent books, all published in 2017, are An Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology (2nd Ed.), Immigration Structures and Immigrant Lives, and Maintaining Refuge (coedited with Jayne Howell and Fethi Keles.