Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, SPIA

Anastasia Mann’s work focuses on struggles for economic rights and social justice by, for, and with communities on the economic margins of American society. Trained as a historian, Mann’s interests include immigrant empowerment and integration, access to quality public education, social welfare and social control, concepts of family, leisure time as a right, and the notion of mutual aid. Her work is attuned to the ways that gender, race, class, and ethnicity shape structures of opportunity.

Mann’s career spans academia (Northwestern, Princeton, Rutgers), research-driven non-profits (the Russell Sage Foundation, New Jersey Policy Perspective), and the civic sphere (Princeton Human Services Commission, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Foundation, and the New Jersey Commission on New Americans).

Publications include contributions to The Encyclopedia of Working Class America (Routledge), Flunking Out: New Jersey’s Support for Public Higher Education Falls ShortGarden State Dreams: In-State Tuition for Undocumented Kids (both New Jersey Policy Perspective), and Middlesex County, New Jersey: Crossroads of the World (Rutgers, Eagleton Institute).

In 2011, as Director of the Program on Immigration and Democracy, Mann spearheaded Citizenship Rutgers, a tri-campus collaboration by the state’s public research university, offering free citizenship application assistance to New Jersey’s almost 600,000 legal permanent residents. The project has drawn students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and family as volunteers and participants from more than 57 countries.

Mann’s current research examines the fresh air movement. Across more than 140 years, fresh air has built bridges between young people growing up in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods and people from outside the city who seek a sense of efficacy.  

Since January 2017, with colleagues, Mann has been helping establish a network among neighbors that is grounded in a commitment to community belonging, mutual dependency, and shared humanity.