Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Colloquia Series


Mar. 2, 2016, 1pm to 2pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

GUA 5163 - Dean's Conference Room


Please join the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs for the first presentation of the spring semester featuring Dr. Olesya Venger, assistant professor in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies.

Dr. Venger will be presenting, "Searching for an American Husband: A Content Analysis of Mail-Order Bride Personals in the Cultural and Regulatory Contexts of Russia, the Philippines, and Ukraine".

The history of mail-order brides, i.e., women who came to the United States to marry their pen pals, goes back to the days of the Western frontier and Gold Rush. As of 2015, despite multiple mail-order brides (MOBs) being sold into slavery and trafficked across borders, little research has been done to explore the repercussions of the MOB industry (Billo, 2012; Townsend, 2013). This study investigates the content of 127, 179, and 321 randomly selected women's personals published on the sites of marriage agencies in Russia, the Philippines, and Ukraine respectively, since these are the top countries supplying MOBs to the United States (AILA, 2006; Ostryzniuk, 2014).

Drawing upon Geert Hofstede's framework of cultural insights (2014), this study explored how the attitudes of mail-order brides got reflected in the content of their online personals and if this content rejected/accommodated expectations of their prospective husbands from the United States. The findings indicated that depending on culture, MOBs emphasized either their business or domestic inclinations. The implications and directions for future research regarding the content of MOB personals and its regulation are discussed in the context of human trafficking and global fight against it.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to Greenspun faculty, staff, and students.

Contact Information

Nicole Huckins

External Sponsor

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs