Mette Brogden

About Mette Brogden

Mette Brogden, Ph.D., is a cultural and medical anthropologist who has spent the past 14 years working in leadership positions in government and NGOs concerned with refugee resettlement and inclusion in the U.S. Her work has included refugee reception and placement, policy development, program administration, evaluation, and research on the refugee resettlement experience among refugees, receiving communities, and government/NGO officials. Her previous careers were in environmental and public policy conflict resolution, and as a psychotherapist in community mental health centers in both urban and rural areas of the U.S.  She is also a documentary filmmaker.  A pracademic who enjoys applying academic theory and thinking tools within community and national projects, she is a highly experienced facilitator of multi-stakeholder engagement and policy development processes and has worked as a neutral facilitator for local, state, and national government agency policy-development projects.  

Mette's research interests include refugees and forced migration; trauma impacts and recovery from extreme violence and human rights violations; socio-economic inclusion, healing and post-war recovery; environmental justice, biodiversity protection, and rights of species and ecological systems; facilitation of multi-stakeholder policy and activist processes; how NGOs gain traction from start-up to scale-up; and developing communities of practice that provide social capital and collegial support among people working to address complex, intractable troubles.

She holds graduate degrees from Tulane University, The University of Iowa, The University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in refugee trauma from Harvard University.  She was the Program Manager for Environmental and Public Policy Conflict Resolution at the UA's Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy from 2000-2003; and then moved into directing a refugee resettlement program at a social services agency in Tucson and then serving as the organizational mentor for three refugee-led mutual assistance/community-based non-profit organizations in Tucson and Texas.  During this time she was also a national technical assistance provider for a program of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement in DHHS focused on refugee family strengthening.  She served as the State Refugee Coordinator for the State of Wisconsin from 2010-2016, taking a year out in Baltimore to serve as the Director of Program Evaluation at a national resettlement agency, Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services.  She served as Deputy Director of the City of Seattle's Office of Immgrant and Refugee Affairs from 2016-2017.

For the Online Graduate Programs in Human Rights Practice in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mette was appointed as the Program Manager and Lecturer in August 2017.

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Mette Brogden
Assistant Professor of Practice, Human Rights Practice Programs
Telephone: 520-621-5026


Ph.D. 2016 Cultural and Medical Anthropology, The University of Arizona, Tucson

Graduate Certificate in Refugee Trauma 2008, Harvard University, Cambridge

M.A. 1997 Cultural and Medical Anthropology, The University of Arizona, Tucson

M.A. 1996 Communications Studies/Documentary Filmmaking, The University of Iowa, Iowa City.

M.S.W. 1982  Clinical Social Work, Tulane University, New Orleans

Dissertation Title

Refugee Odysseys: An Ethnography of Refugee Resettlement in the U.S. after 9-11
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences