Migration Anthropology Consultants (MAC), LLC

Human Migration & Refugee Studies
Cross-Cultural Training
Workplace Culture Analysis

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Migration Anthropology Consultants (MAC), LLC provides expert international and domestic consultancy and training services to governmental and international agencies, non-governmental organizations and voluntary agencies, and corporations and businesses.

The multidisciplinary, holistic, participant observation methods of anthropology are applied to human migration, refugee populations, and business and organization workplace analysis.  Behavioral scientific rigor and humanism are essential to this approach.

Training programs are also provided on cross-cultural communication and other skills necessary for living and working in multi-cultural, international settings.

A detailed description of MAC
's services, leadership and current projects can be found on the following pages:

Migration Studies
Refugee Resettlement Referral
Refugee Reception & Assimilation Studies

Cross-Cultural Communication for International Work

Corporate, Business & Organization Culture Analysis for Increased Production, Profit and Product/Service Quality

News Reports, Articles and Essays on Migration, Immigration and Refugees, Including MAC Commentary

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Jim Lassiter

Migration Anthropology Consultants (MAC), LLC is a private, limited liability company owned and directed by James E Lassiter, an independent practicing cultural anthropologist.

James (Jim) has over thirty years of experience studying and living in African and other societies and cultures.  He has implemented, directed and managed international development, technical assistance and cultural exchange programs in numerous African countries.

Jim also has in-depth experience developing and implementing US Government refugee resettlement policy throughout Africa, in the Commonwealth of Independent States and elsewhere. He has lived and worked for extended periods of time in AfricaAsiaEurope and North America.

Jim was born on 12 October 1947 in Newport News, Virginia, USA.  He is married to the former Miss Immy Rose Namutosi of MbaleUganda.

Jim's CV is available upon request.

~  Book Publication: Circumcision and Coffee in Uganda: Bamasaaba Responses to Incursion, Colonialism and Nationalism 1840-1962, published January 2017

~  Consultant on Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind by Judy Dodge Cummings, White River Junction: Nomad Press, 2016.

~  Provide expert information on the cultural practices and history of the Bamasaaba ethnic group of Uganda to the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services.  HIRC at GBLS represents indigent clients in a variety of immigration proceedings, including asylum applicants.

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic
Harvard Law School
Wasserstein Caspersen Clinical Building
6 Everett St., Suite 3103
CambridgeMA 02138

~  Consultant to Florida Institute of Technology, Institute for Cross Cultural Management http://research.fit.edu/iccm/.  Offer courses and seminars as follows:  1) Skills for Working and Living in Cross Cultural Settings; 2) African Cultures in Crisis

~  Consultant to RefugeePoint (formerly Mapendo International), a non-governmental organization supporting and referring African refugees, on refugee resettlement referral training and quality assurance

~  Part-time instruction at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Refugee Affairs Division teaching Cross-Cultural Communication to new Refugee Corps Officers enrolled in the Refugee Officer Training Course (ROTC)

~  Researching and writing a book on Ugandan family and migration matters:  "Kiondo:  A Family in Eastern Uganda and Beyond

~  Offering upper-division adjunct university quarter-length courses as follows:
  • "African Populations in Crisis:  Sudan and Somalia"
  • "African Populations in Crisis:  Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo"
  • "African Populations in Crisis:  Liberia and Sierra Leone
Each course presents an assessment of the social conditions and political actions that led to 20th century and current sociopolitical crises in the countries being considered.  Contact MAC for the course outline of the first of two semester-length offerings.

The impact of crises on each nation's various populations, cultures and the individual in society is studied and compared.  Particular attention is given to the impact of crises on internally displaced and refugee populations.


Available upon request.

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Migration Anthropology Consulants (MAC), LLC

Migration & Refugee Studies, Cross-Cultural Training, Workplace Culture Analysis

Shelter, Sustenance, Survival

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American Anthropological Association (AAA)

African Studies Association (ASA)

African Studies Quarterly:  The Online Journal of African Studies

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

REFWORLD - UNHCR Country Information

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - Refugee Resettlement

US Department of State - Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM)

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 I am sometimes asked what sources I use for news and information. In addition to electronic and paper books and a free local weekly newspaper tossed in my driveway every Wednesday (awful opinion page, great crossword puzzle), I read mostly online sources. Some of them I subscribe to at reasonable rates. The following are my main sources for news, articles, commentary, essays, and other information. Very often in reading something I'll explore an embedded link to an additional source. But these are my day-to-day places. If you know and use others you think I might be interested in, please put them and their links in a comment. Thanks!



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