Brittany Romanello

Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Grad Research Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Brittany "Bri" Romanello (she/her/ella) is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. Trained in both cultural anthropology and qualitative sociology, her general research interests are Latinx migrations, gender, race, and religion in the US.

Bri's dissertation project utilizes ethnographic methods to better elucidate how Latina immigrant Mormons experience ethnoreligious identity formation, belonging, and parenting in the American Southwest. Her work uses gendered migration and immigrant mothering theoretical frameworks as a lens by which both Academics and community members alike can better understand immigrant incorporation, identity negotiation, resource allocation, and personal power in faith-based community contexts.


She is an adjunct instructor of Anthropology at Phoenix college, currently a member of the BYU Maxwell Institute Women's History Consultation, and the Research Assistant Manager for the NSF and Russell Sage-funded "Arizona Youth Identity Project" at ASU's T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. (



  • 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

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Research Interests

immigration, ethnoreligious identity, gender, race/ ethnicity, religious community


Published Journal Papers

Romanello, Brittany. "Not a Country or a Stereotype: Latina LDS Experiences of Ethnic Homogenization and Racial Tokenism in the American West" Religions 12, no. 5: 333. (2021)

Romanello, B. “Multiculturalism as Resistance: Latina Migrants Navigate U.S. Mormon Spaces.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 53, no. 1 (2020): 5-31.

SturtzSreetharan, C., Agostini, G., Wutich, A., Mitchell, C., Rines, O., Romanello, B., & Brewis, A. “I Need to Lose Some Weight”: Masculinity and Body Image as Negotiated Through Fat Talk.” Psychology of Men & Masculinities 21, no. 1 (2019): 148-161.

Published Book Review

Romanello, B. “The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista: A Striking Historiography into the Dualities of Mexican Mormondom.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. (Accepted. Forthcoming Summer 2021).


Works Under Review

Romanello B. "’I Fell In Love, But He Is White:’ Latina Mormon Immigrants on Interracial Marriage and Gendered Family Dynamics.” Submitted to Latino Studies Journal August 2021.

Nielson, M.G., Romanello, B., Berendzen, H. “Reactions to Gender Expressions of Ethnically and Sexually Diverse Men.” Submitted to Psychology of Men & Masculinities. September 2021.

Romanello, B. “Religious Beliefs and Syncretism Practices among LDS Latinas in the American Southwest.” Migration, Ethnicity and Diversity Handbook. Eds: Edward Elgar, Takeyuki Gaku Tsuda. NYU Press. (Forthcoming 2023).


Journal Articles in Preparation

Pasco, M. Roque, A.  Romanello, B. (3rd), Estrada, E. “Photovoice: Methodological Insights from a Multi-Site Online Design.”(Completed. Prepped for Field Methods Journal Oct 2021)

Romanello, B. (1st), Baker, P., Pasco, M “Impacts of Race and Religious Politics on LDS Young Adults’ Civic Engagement Choices in Arizona.” (Prepped for Jan 2022 submission).

Thompson, A.(1st), Baker, P. (1st), Encinas, Z. (1st), , Romanello, B.(2nd) “(Re)turning to Blue: How Young Adults in Arizona Articulate Democratic Party Affiliation and Alignment.” (Prepped for Feb 2022 submission).

Romanello, B. “Borderland Testimonies: Latina Mormons in Arizona Remember the Impacts of SB1070 and Other State-Sanctioned Violence at Church and Home.”                                         

Romanello, B. “Creating Space, Making Home, and Other Reflections on Insider/ Outsider Positionality while Conducting Ethnographic Research.”

Research Activity

Mentions in the Media:

"Women Claiming Power:"

"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