Arianne Gaetano

Arianne Gaetano

Arianne Gaetano


7030 Haley Center
(334) 844-2854


  • Ph.D., anthropology, University of Southern California
  • Graduate Certificate, gender studies, University of Southern California

Office Hours

  • By appointment

About Arianne Gaetano
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Gaetano is an assistant professor of anthropology and a faculty affiliate of the women's studies program. She is also a contributor to the Asian studies minor curriculum and has served as a faculty co-director of Auburn Abroad in China. Among the courses regularly taught by Gaetano are the Anthropology of Gender; Culture, Marriage and Family; Language and Culture; Anthropological Theory; and Peoples and Cultures of Asia.

Gaetano is a cultural anthropologist, and her research focuses on contemporary Chinese culture and society. She has spent several years studying language and conducting ethnographic fieldwork in China. Her book, Out to Work: Migration, Gender, and the Changing Lives of Rural Women in Contemporary China is about the experiences and consequences of internal migration on rural Chinese women’s lived experiences and life course trajectories, based on a decade of ethnographic fieldwork in Beijing and China’s countryside. Her current research investigates changing meanings and patterns of marriage and family in urban China, focusing on the public discourse of “leftover women” and its impact on decisions of adult women to marry or to postpone marriage.

Representative Publications

  • Out to Work: Migration, Gender, and the Changing Lives of Rural Women in Contemporary China (University of Hawai’i Press 2015)
  • Various articles in International Migration; Gender, Place, and Culture; Visual Anthropology Review; and the Journal on Research in Gender Studies
  • Contributor in Martin K. Whyte, ed., One Country, Two Societies?: Rural-Urban Inequality in Contemporary China (Harvard University Press 2010)
  • Contributor in Arianne M. Gaetano and Tamara Jacka, eds., On the Move: Women and Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China (Columbia University Press 2004)

Last Updated: October 29, 2015