Jacqueline Wagner

Graduate Student of Sociocultural Anthropology
research interests:
  • Political Anthropology
  • Migration
  • Humanitarianism
  • Refugees
  • Spain
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    • Washington University
    • CB 1114
    • One Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis MO 63130
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    Research Interests

    Jacqueline Wagner is a PhD candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation research is situated at an official refugee and asylum seeker reception center run by an international NGO in Madrid, Spain and examines how the government reception program works toward the autonomy and integration of participants in the local community. In this research, she is particularly interested in the interactions and negotiations between humanitarian workers and refugees throughout this process. Past research conducted in Northern Ireland and the U.S. has focused on post-conflict mental health, the psychology of social division, and refugee trauma. Jacqueline holds a Master of Public Health in addition to a BA and an MA in Anthropology. Her research interests lie at the intersection of migration and refugee studies, humanitarian studies, and political anthropology.


    National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, Award Number: 2017368.


    Wagner, J. 2023. “Deserving Asylum and Becoming ‘Good’ Refugees in Madrid.” Medicine Anthropology Theory 10 (1): 1-10.

    Wagner, J. (2016). “Assessing refugee trauma in the primary care setting.” Annals of Global Health 82 (3): 568. [Abstract].

    Sethi, D, Mitis, F, Alink, L, Butchart, A, Wagner, J, & Stoltenborgh, M. (2013). “Chapter 2: Scale and consequences of the problem.” In D. Sethi, M Bellis, K Hughes, R Gilbert, F Mitis, & G Galea (Eds.), European report on preventing child maltreatment (pp. 8-33). Copenhagen, Denmark: WHO.