Rhacel Salazar Parreñas
Professor of Sociology
- A.B. Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 5/1992
- Ph.D. Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality, University of California, Berkeley, 5/1998
- President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA, 1998-2000
Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History
Tenure Track Appointments
- Professor of American Studies, Brown University, 2008-2010
- Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Davis, 2007-2008
- Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Davis, 2003-2007
- Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2000-2003
Visiting and Temporary Appointments
- Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies, Northwestern University , 05/2010
- Visiting Research Professor, University of South Australia, 05/2009
- Distinguished Research Professor of Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University, 2005-2006
Description of Research
Detailed Statement of Research Interests
Rhacel Salazar Parreñas is a qualitative sociologist who relies on participant-observation and in-depth interviews to conduct theoretically-informed substantive research on the feminization of labor and migration in globalization. She has done fieldwork in Italy, Japan, the Philippines, and United States. Her research considers how processes of globalization simultaneously reinforce and challenge traditional gender norms. In her past projects, she examined the experiences of migrant Filipina domestic workers in Rome and Los Angeles, Filipina migrant entertainers in Tokyo, and children in transnational migrant families in the Philippines. Her latest book, Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo (Stanford University Press, 2011), describes the experience of "indentured mobility" among migrant Filipina hostesses and bridges current discussions on human trafficking and "gender and migration." She is currently working on a cross-national research project comparing the bonded servitude of migrant care workers in Denmark, the United States, and United Arab Emirates.
Contracts and Grants Awarded
- Intimate Labors (University of California Labor and Research Grant), Rhacel Parrenas, Eileen Boris, $20,000, 2007-2008
- Hostess Work (Ochanomizu University), Rhacel Parrenas, $50,000, 2005-2006
- Parrenas, R. S. (2011). Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
- Boris, Eileen and Parrenas, Rhacel Salazar (Ed.). (2010). Intimate Labors: Cultures, Technologies and the Politics of Care. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
- Parrenas, R. S. (2008). The Force of Domesticity: Filipina Migrants and Globalization. New York, New York: New York University Press.
- Parrenas, Rhacel Salazar and Lok Siu (Ed.). (2007). Asian Diasporas: New Conceptions, New Formations. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
- Parrenas, R. S. (2005). Children of Global Migration: Transnational Families and Gendered Woes. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
- Parrenas, R. S. (2001). Servants of Globalization: Women, Migration and Domestic Work. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
Honors and Awards
- Residency at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 2010-2011
- 2009 Korenman Lecture, University of Maryland, 11/5/2009
- 2008 Association for Asian American Studies Social Science Book Award , 2008-2009
- Hawke Public Forum Lecture; Adelaide, Australia, 6/3/2009
- 2007 Annual Hansen Lecture, San Diego State University, 2/22/2007
- 2006 Clark Lecture, University of Kansas, 10/9/2006
- Rockefeller Residential Fellowship - University of Hawaii, Spring 2005
- Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-2002
- National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1994-1997
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