Please join us for a lunchtime discussion with Abigail Andrews, Assistant Professor of Sociology.
Dr. Abigail Andrews joined the UC San Diego Department of Sociology in July 2014 and holds a half-time teaching appointment in the Urban Studies and Planning Program. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2014. Her research asks how local politics shape the process of labor migration from Mexico to the United States, and how migration redefines people’s understandings of place. Based on an ethnography of two rural Mexican sending communities and their destinations in Southern California, her book manuscript first explores how local histories of inequity influence migrants’ paths. She then considers how migrant communities respond to exclusion and exploitation in the US – and how their experiences of migration spark new forms of political advocacy back on the sending side. Finally, she draws attention to how, in these broader struggles, gender relationships get transformed. Articles based on this research have been published in Gender & Society and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and won awards from the American Sociological Association sections on gender, political sociology, international migration, development, and racial and ethnic minorities. In addition to this work, Dr. Andrews has published several papers about North-South power dynamics within transnational social movements, and she is co-editing a textbook that uses gender theory to inspire a critical approach to sociology. At UC San Diego, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban sociology, globalization, gender, and qualitative research methods.
The conversation with Dr. Andrews will be moderated by Nancy Postero, Associate Professor of Anthropology.
This event is part of an ongoing series of Monday lunches made possible by a gift from Gay Lester. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.