Transnational Feminist Perspectives From Migrant Women Workers
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 2:00pm

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies presents:

Transnational Feminist Perspectives From Migrant Women Workers

A Lecture by Robyn Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at University of California, Davis.  

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013, 2:00 - 3:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union 294 |  1825 SW Broadway (Click here for information about accessing PSU and visitor parking options)

Free and Open to the Public

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Davis. Prior to UC Davis she taught in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. Dr. Rodriguez received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Professor Rodriguez’s scholarship is broadly concerned with understanding how processes of globalization, particularly international migration, impact the societies that migrants leave and the societies to which they move. She is interested both in globalization “from above” and globalization “from below.” Rodriguez’s recent book Migrants for Export (University of Minnesota Press 2010) focused on the role of the Philippine state as a “broker” of gendered and racialized global workers. 

In her talk, "Transnational Feminist Perspectives From Migrant Women Workers," she will discuss on-going research on different forms of Philippine migrant transnationalism, particularly the activism of Filipina migrant domestic workers.


During her time in New Jersey while at Rutgers, Rodriguez worked closely with her undergraduates to examine the local politics of race, immigration and belonging in the state with the increasing securitization of migration since 9/11. She will discuss this work in her seminar entitled, "Neoliberalism and the Rescaling of American Citizenship: Rethinking the Politics of Immigration," which draws on this research and forms part of the book she is currently writing, "In Lady Liberty's Shadow."

 Robyn Rodriguez' 2010 book Migrants for Export: How the Philippines Brokers Labor to the World (University of Minnesota Press) has recently won awards from the Association of American Geographers and the Association for Asian American Studies.

Co-Sponsored by Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Portland Center for Public Humanities, Dept of Sociology, Dept of Anthropology, Dept of Child & Family Studies.

You might also be interested in Neoliberalism and the Rescaling of American Citizenship: Rethinking the Politics of Immigration, a Workshop with Robyn Rodriguez on Friday, 2/15 at 10am.

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