Principal Investigators

Sylvanna Falcón headshot Sylvanna Falcón, Co-principal Investigator

Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Professor Falcón's research and teaching interests are in the areas of human rights, transitional justice in Peru, transnational feminism, and racism/anti-racism.  Her book, Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activists inside the United Nations (University of Washington Press, 2016), is the winner of the 2016 National Women's Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize.  She has also published work in various journals, including the Journal of Women's HistoryGender & SocietyInternational Feminist Journal of PoliticsSocieties Without Borders, and Social Justice.

Steve McKay headshotSteve McKay, Co-principal Investigator

Associate Professor, Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

An internationally renowned scholar of labor, migration, globalization, and race, Professor McKay is the author of the award-winning Satanic Mills or Silicon Islands: The Politics of High-tech Production in the Philippines (Cornell University/ILR Press, 2006) and co-editor with Sukanya Bannerjee and Aims McGuinness of New Routes for Diaspora Studies (Indiana University Press, 2012).  In addition to serving on the CLRC Steering Committee, he directs the Center for Labor Studies and is the principal investigator of Working for Dignity, a project on low-wage labor in Santa Cruz County.

Juan Poblete HeadshotJuan Poblete, Co-principal Investigator

Professor, Literature, UC Santa Cruz

Professor Poblete's broad and myriad research interests include nineteenth-century Latin American literature, nation and nationalism, and popular culture in the Americas.  He is the author ofLiteratura chilena del siglo XIX: entre públicos lectores y figuras autoriales (Santiago: Cuarto Propio, 2003), editor of Critical Latin American and Latino Studies (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), and co-editor of Andrés Bello (with Beatriz Gonzalez-Stephan, IILI, 2009), Redrawing The Nation: National Identities in Latin/o American Comics (with Héctor Fernández-L'Hoeste, Palgrave, 2009), Desdén al infortunio: Sujeto, comunicación y público en la narrativa de Pedro Lemebel (with Fernando Blanco, Cuarto Propio, 2010), and Sports and Nationalism in Latin America (with Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste and Robert McKee-Irwin, Palgrave, 2015).  He is coediting with Juana Suárez Humor in Latin American Cinema (forthcoming from Palgrave).

Ramirez headshot Catherine S. Ramírez, Principal Investigator

Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies, & Director, Chicano Latino Research Center, UC Santa Cruz

Professor Ramírez's research and writing look at US cultural history via the lenses of Mexican American history and literature.  She is the author of The Woman in the Zoot Suit:  Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009) and numerous essays on race, gender, and science fiction.  Her current book project, Assimilation:  An Alternative History, excavates a history of assimilation as a concept and project in the United States.

Schaeffer headshotFelicity Amaya Schaeffer, Co-principal Investigator

Associate Professor, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Professor Schaeffer is the author of Love and Empire:  Cybermarriage and Citizenship across the Americas (New York University Press, 2013), an exploration of the relationship between global shifts and intimate circuits of desire, love, and marriage.  Her current research is on surveillance technologies and the sexual criminalization of migrant bodies on and beyond the US-Mexico border.  Other research interests include borderlands and transnationalisms; affect and capitalism; race, technology, and subjectivity; and Chicana and Latin American cultural studies.

Postdoctoral Scholar and Graduate Student Fellows

Emily Mitchell-EatonEmily Mitchell-Eaton headshot

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar, Chicano Latino Research Center & Latin American and Latino Studies Department, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Mitchell-Eaton received her PhD in Geography with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University in 2016.  Her dissertation, "New Destinations of Empire:  Imperial Migration from the Marshall Islands to Northwest Arkansas," explores new racial formations and forms of imperial citizenship, exposing the sustained legacies of the US Pacific presence and the impact on immigrant-receiving communities.  Her research focuses include migration and diasporas, US empire, militarism, immigrant solidarities, citizenship, and critical legal studies.  She also holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies and Portuguese from Smith College.

claudia lopezClaudia Maria Lopez

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellow, Chicano Latino Research Center, UC Santa Cruz

Claudia Maria Lopez is a PhD candidate in Sociology, with Designated Emphases in Feminist Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies, at UC Santa Cruz.  Her dissertation, "The Life-Cycle of Forced Migration:  The Lives and Politics of Rural Internally Displaced Persons in Medellín, Colombia," examines the urban resettlement and integration of rural internally displaced persons in that city.  Other research and teaching interests include gender, race, and class; development and policy implementation; urban studies; and human rights.  She serves on the Student Advisory Board for Social Problems, is the student convener of the UC Women of Color Cluster’s Multicampus Working Group, and is co-editor of the UC Women of Color Journal (forthcoming in the spring of 2017).  She is also an avid photographer.  In 2016, she was awarded the Milam-McGinty-Kaun Award for Teaching Excellence.

Tsering WangmoTsering Wangmo headshot

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellow, Chicano Latino Research Center, UC Santa Cruz

Tsering Wangmo is a PhD Candidate in Literature at UC Santa Cruz.  Her research focuses on the production of Tibetan nationalism, identity, and citizenship in the twentieth and twenty-first century.  Critical to this study are the cultural politics, social movements, and questions of belonging in exile.  She is the author of Coming Home to Tibet (2015) and three books of poetry.

Visiting Scholars & UC Santa Cruz Participants

Bridget Anderson (Fall 2016)Bridget Anderson headshot

Professor of Migration and Citizenship & Deputy Director, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford

Professor Anderson has explored the tension between labor market flexibilities and citizenship rights and pioneered an understanding of the functions of immigration in key labor market sectors.  Her interest in labor demand has meant an engagement with debates about trafficking and modern day slavery, which in turn has led to an interest in state enforcement and deportation, and in the ways immigration controls increasingly impact citizens as well as migrants.  She is the author of Us and Them?  The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls and Doing the Dirty Work?  The Global Politics of Domestic Labour.  She is also co-editor (with Martin Ruhs) of Who Needs Migrant Workers?  Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy; with Mathew Gibney and Emanuela Paoletti, The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation; with Isabel Shutes, Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics; and with Vanessa Hughes, Citizenship and Its Others.  She has a DPhil in sociology and previous training in Philosophy and Modern Languages and has worked closely with migrants’ organizations, trades unions, and legal practitioners at the local, national, and international levels.

Tanya Golash-Boza headshotTanya Golash-Boza (Spring 2017)

Associate Professor, Sociology, University of California, Merced

Professor Golash-Boza is the author of five books, including Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism (New York University Press, 2015), which explains mass deportation in the context of the global economic crisis; Due Process Denied (Routledge, 2012), which describes how and why non-citizens in the United States have been detained and deported for minor crimes, without regard for constitutional limits on disproportionate punishment; and Immigration Nation (Paradigm, 2012), which provides a critical analysis of the impact that US immigration policy has on human rights.  In addition, she has published over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals on deportations, racial identity, and human rights and has written on contemporary issues for Al Jazeera, The Boston Review, The Nation, Counterpunch, The Houston Chronicle, Racialicious, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Dissident Voice.

Alejandro Grimson headshotAlejandro Grimson (Winter 2017)

Dean, School of Social Sciences, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos Aires

Dean Grimson holds a PhD in Anthropology from Universidad de Brasilia and is the author of many books, including Relatos de la diferencia y la igualdad: los bolivianos en Buenos Aires (Eudeba, 1999), Interculturalidad y comunicación (Grupo Editorial Norma, 2001), La nación en sus límites (Gedisa Editorial, 2003), and Los límites de la cultura: crítica de las teorías de la identidad (Siglo XXI Argentina, 2011), winner of the Latin American Studies Association’s Premio Iberoamericano for best book of the year.

misevich headshotPhilip Misevich (Fall 2016)

Assistant Professor, History, St. John’s University, New York

Professor Misevich specializes in the study of the slave trade and the development of the Atlantic World.  A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York Public Library, Fulbright-Hays and the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University, his research focuses on the coerced migration of Africans throughout the nineteenth-century Atlantic world.  He is co-principal investigator (with David Eltis) of the African Origins database project, a steering committee member of Voyages:  The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database, co-editor (with Kristin Mann) of The Rise and Demise of Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Atlantic World (University of Rochester Press, 2016), and co-producer of the 2014 documentary, Ghosts of Amistad:  In the Footsteps of the Rebels, directed by Tony Buba and winner of the 2016 American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award.  He is currently completing a manuscript that examines the impact of the nineteenth-century abolition campaign on slavery and slave trading in southern Sierra Leone.

Urayoán Noel headshotUrayoán Noel (Winter 2017)

Associate Professor, English & Spanish, New York University

Professor Noel's critical and creative work foregrounds the messy condition of Puerto Rican belonging and non-belonging in and to the U.S. nation-state.  His poetic performances, texts, and “video poems" flagrantly comingle English with Spanish, mixing learned literary allusions with found words generated from cell phones or political demonstrations.  He is the author of numerous works, including Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (Arizona, 2015), Hi-Density Politics (BlazeVox, 2010), Kool Logic/La Lógica Kool (Bilingual Review, 2005), EnUncIAdOr (Educación Emergente, 2014), and several books in Spanish. 

Omalley headshotGreg O’Malley (Fall 2016)

Associate Professor, History, UC Santa Cruz

Professor O'Malley's first book, Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807, received four awards:  the Forkosch Prize (American Historical Association—British History); the Rawley Prize (American Historical Association—Atlantic World); the Owsley Award (Southern Historical Association); and the Goveia Prize (Association of Caribbean Historians).  He is co-principal investigator (with Alex Borucki) of the NEH-funded Final Passages Intra-American Slave Trade Database, which documents more than 7,600 individual shipments of enslaved people between American colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Final Passages database will soon be added to the website Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, of which Professor O’Malley is also part.  He is now conducting research for a new book, The Escapes of David George:  One Man’s Struggle with Slavery and Freedom in the Revolutionary Era, a biography of man born a slave in colonial Virginia, whose attempts to escape bondage led him on a remarkable odyssey.

Marcel Paret headshotMarcel Paret (Fall 2016)

Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Utah & Senior Research Associate, University of Johannesburg

Marcel Paret is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Utah and a Senior Research Associate with the South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg.  His research examines the politics of class formation and how they vary over time and across space.  He is especially interested in globalization and marketization, race and migration, labor and social movements, protest and community politics, and the causes and consequences of precarity.  He is the author of numerous articles and editor of "Politics of Precarity:  Critical Engagements with Guy Standing," a speical issue of Global Labor Journal (Vol. 7, No. 2 [2016]).

Rhacel Parreñas headshotRhacel Salazar Parreñas (Spring 2017)

Professor, Sociology and Gender Studies, University of Southern California

Professor Parreñas' book, Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo (Stanford University Press, 2011), won the Distinguished Book Award in the Labor and Labor Movements Section of the American Sociological Association. Probing the intersections of human trafficking and labor migration, her current research analyzes the constitution of unfree labor among migrant domestic workers in Dubai and Singapore. Her other books include Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Migration and Forced Labor (Open Society Institute, 2014), The Force of Domesticity: Filipina Migrants and Globalization (New York University Press, 2008), and Servants of Globalization: Migration and Domestic Work (second edition, Stanford University Press, 2015). Her current research focuses on the unfree labor of migrant contract workers in Asia and the Middle East.

Guy Standing headshotGuy Standing (Winter 2017)

Professor, Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

From 1999 until March 2006, Professor Standing was Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland.  His most recent books include A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2014) and The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2011). Earlier publications include Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (Edward Elgar, 2009), Beyond the New Paternalism: Basic Security as Equality (Verso, 2002), and Global Labour Flexibility: Seeking Distributive Justice (Macmillan, 1999).

Konrad Tuchscherer headshot

Konrad Tuchscherer (Fall 2016)
Associate Professor of History & Director of Africana Studies, St. John’s University, New York

Professor Tuchscherer is a specialist in African history and languages.  His interests include nineteenth and twentieth century West Africa, colonialism in Africa, and Gullah history in South Carolina and Georgia.  His research experience in Africa includes Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia.  He is a co-producer of the 2014 documentary, Ghosts of Amistad:  In the Footsteps of the Rebels, directed by Tony Buba and winner of the 2016 American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award.  He also serves as co-director of the Bamum Scripts and Archives Project at the Bamum Palace in Cameroon.

Biao Xiang headshotBiao Xiang (Winter 2017)

Professor, Social Anthropology, University of Oxford

Since 1992, Professor Xiang has researched labor, migration, and social change in Asia.  An ethnographer, he has studied migration from rural China to Beijing, migrant Indian information technology engineers in Australia, and unskilled labor migration from China to Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. Currently, he is developing an interest in transnational reproduction (what does it mean when an increasing number of nations have to rely on foreigners to reproduce themselves demographically and socially, and more people cross borders to nurture life, for instance as care-givers, patients and students?) and ethnic relations in China (how do internal and international migrations affect the two pillars of the Chinese ethnicity policy: clear demarcation of autonomous regions and categorical divide between domestic and foreign affairs?).


Evin Guy headshotEvin Guy

Event Coordinator, Institute for Humanities Research

Polic headshotIrena Polic

Managing Director, Institute for Humanities Research 

Irena Polic is the Managing Director of the Institute for Humanities Research and a passionate advocate for the humanities in the public sphere.

Powell headshotJacquelyn Powell

Administrative Specialist, Chicano Latino Research Center

Jackie manages daily operations of the CLRC, such as program and event planning for the Sawyer Seminar.  She recently moved to Santa Cruz from Washington, DC, where she taught yoga and advocated for global access to clean water and sanitation.  She has also lived in Bolivia, Guatemala, Nepal, and Nicaragua. She graduated from Gettysburg College with three degrees, one of which is in Latin American Studies/Spanish.

 is a collaborative effort of the CLRC, Institute for Humanities ResearchDivision of Social SciencesDivision of Graduate StudiesOffice of Research, and Latin American and Latino Studies Department.