Linda Rabben is an author, anthropologist and human rights activist. Her ninth and tenth books, My Brazil: Reports from the Interior and Journeywoman: A Writer’s Story, were published on Amazon in 2021. Her eighth book, Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History, is based on research in the US, UK, and Europe. Her other books are about international human rights issues. She is currently working on a book about the social history of stained glass in Baltimore.
Linda did anthropological research on Brazil for more than 30 years and worked as a researcher for Amnesty International. From 2008 to 2010 she coordinated the Refugee Professional Recertification Project for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. She has spoken about human rights issues to diverse audiences in the US, UK, Ireland and France. Since 2015 she has been an associate research professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland.
Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History
Sanctuary and Asylum surveys the long history of sanctuary, a religious institution in many societies over thousands of years, and asylum, a secular legal institution that has evolved as part of international law over the past 500 years.
My Brazil: Reports from the Interior2021
Journeywoman: A Writer's Story2020
Give Refuge to the Stranger: The Past, Present and Future of Sanctuary2011
Walking the Forest with Chico Mendes2007
Brazil's Indians and the Onslaught of Civilization: The Yanomami and the Kayapo2004
Fierce Legion of Friends: A History of Human Rights Campaigns and Campaigners2002
Unnatural Selection: The Yanomami, the Kayapo and the Onslaught of Civilization1998
Rome Has Spoken1998
Awards and Recognition
- Spann Memorial Essay Prize