• Ulla Berg, Ph.D.
  • Ulla Berg, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director
  • LCS
  • Anthropology
  • Office: A-262, Lucy Stone Hall, Livingston Campus
  • Phone: 848-445-4230



Ph.D. 2007, New York University, Anthropology
Certificate Program 2005, New York University, Culture and Media
M.A. 2001, University of Copenhagen, Anthropology
B.A. 1998, University of Copenhagen, Anthropology

Research Interests

Migration, Diaspora, Transnationalism, Globalization, Political economy, Visual Anthropology, Media, Ritual and Performance, Affect, Peru, Latin America, Latino Studies

Biographical Information

Professor Ulla D. Berg is an Associate Professor at the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of Anthropology, and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Rutgers. As a sociocultural and visual anthropologist specializing in Latin America and in Latino communities in the U.S., Prof. Berg's research focuses on historical and contemporary processes and experiences of migration and mobility within Latin America and between this region and the United States. Her book, Mobile Selves: Race, Migration, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S., examines how transnational communicative practices and forms of exchange produce new forms of kinship and sociality across multiple borders among racialized global labor migrants. She is currently working on two new multi-year research projects: The first on immigrant detention and deportation of South Americans from the U.S., and the second on the role of new elites in the changing character of Peruvian inequality. Prof. Berg is an active member of several professional organizations and she currently co-chairs the 2015 Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film and Media Festival.

Courses Regularly Taught

595:497 Senior Seminar in Latino and Caribbean Studies
595:402 Documenting Latino Lives: Video Production Seminar
070:368 Anthropology of Mass Media
595:307 Latino Ethnography
595:304 Research Methods in Latino and Caribbean Studies
595:298 Latinos and Migration
595:101 Introduction to Latino Studies
070:101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology



Berg mobile selves 2015. Mobile Selves: Race, Migration, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S. New York University Press.
Berg transnation cover 2013.Transnational Citzenship Across the Americas. Eds. Ulla D. Berg and Robyn Rodriguez. London and New York: Routledge
berg quintosuyo 2005. El Quinto Suyo: Transnacionalidad y Formaciones Diasporicas en la Migración Peruana [The Fifth Region: Transnationality and Diasporic Formations in Peruvian Migration]. Eds. Ulla Berg and Karsten Paerregaard. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.


Book Chapters

  • In press . El Poder de Los Milagros: Migración Transnacional y Religiosidad entre Los Peruanos en Nueva York [The Power of Miracles: Transnational Migration and Religiosity among Peruvians in New York]. In Alejandro Málaga y Claudia Rosas (eds.): Fiestas, Religiosidad y Cultura en los Andes. Homenaje a Luis Millones. Lima: Fondo Editorial del Congreso de la República
  • 2014. Introduction: Transnational Citizenship Across the Americas. Co-authored with Robyn Rodriguez. In Berg and Rodriguez (eds.): Transnational Citizenship Across the Americas, 1-16. London and New York: Routledge, 2014
  • 2014.“Domingo de Ramos: De la soledad poética a la choledad cosmopólita.” In In-Sufrido Fuego: Poesía Reunida (1988-2011) by Domingo de Ramos, pp. 91-94. Lima: Fondo Editorial del Congreso de la República (4pp).
  • 2013. Migration Brokers and Document Fixers: The Making of Migrant Subject in Urban Peru. Co-authored with Carla Tamagno. In Nyberg-Sørensen and Gammeltoft-Hansen (eds): The Migration Industry and the Commercialization of International Migration, pp. 190-214. London and NY: Routledge.
  • 2012 Video-Culturas Itinerantes: Visualidad y Performance en el Espacio Diaspórico Peruano [Itinerant Video-cultures: Visuality and Performance in the Peruvian Diaspora]. In Gisela Cánepa (ed.): Imaginación Visual y Cultura en el Perú. Lima: Fondo Editorial PUCP.
  • 2001 Milagros y Castigos: San Sebastián en el Imaginario Popular en la Sierra Central del Perú [Miracles and Punishment: San Sebastian in the Popular Imagination in the Central Highlands of Peru]. In Millones and Villa Rodriguez (eds.): Perú: El Legado de la Historia, pp. 235-67. Sevilla: Fundación El Monte, PromPerú, and Universidad de Sevilla.


  • Domingo de Ramos. Documentary-in-progress on the Peruvian poet Domingo de Ramos (director and producer)
  • Waiting for Miracles (2003). Documentary that follows a Peruvian Catholic brotherhood as it prepares for its yearly procession honoring the Lord of Miracles in NYC. This film explores the power of faith in the lives of immigrants in New York City (Director, Producer, and editor. NYU, Culture and Media)

Online Multimedia Projects

  • Sarhua – Land of Mountains and Colors [Sarhua – Tierra de Montañas y Colores], on-line performance archive curated in 2006 with Luis Millones, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU
  • The Death of the Inca Atahualpa [La Muerte del Inca Atahualpa], on-line performance archive curated in 2004 with Luis Millones, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU

Media Appearances
Documenting Latino Lives