American Civilization and Sociology
Phone: +1 401 863 9137
Rhacel Parrenas examines the feminization of labor and migration in globalization. She has done fieldwork in Italy, Japan, the Philippines, and United States. Her latest book, The Force of Domesticity (NYU Press, 2008) considers how processes of globalization simultaneously reinforce and challenge traditional gender norms. It draws from her research on migrant Filipina domestic workers in Rome and Los Angeles, migrant entertainers in Tokyo, and transnational migrant families in the Philippines. She is currently writing a book on the labor and migration of Filipina hostesses in Tokyo's nightlife industry.
Professor Rhacel Salazar Parreñas is a sociologist who received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies and B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty at Brown, she taught at the University of California, Davis and University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Parreñas is known for her work on women's labor and migration, speaking on this topic to audiences throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. Her research fields include gender and feminist studies, the family, migration, international development, and labor. She has written three books and co-edited three anthologies.
2010-2011 Invited Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
2010-2011 Invited Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ (Declined)
2009 Korenman Lecture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2009 Visiting Research Professor, Centre for Work and Family, University of South Australia, Adelaide
2008, Social Science Book Award, Association for Asian American Studies
2006 Clark Sociology Lecture, University of Kansas
2005 Visiting Research Professor, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan
Spring 2004 Rockefeller Fellow, Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Fall 2002 Anna Julia Cooper Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Fall 2002 Australian National University Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies (declined)
2001 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
2001 Social Science Book Award Honorable Mention, Association for Asian American Studies
1998-2000 President's Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
1999 Babilonia Wilner Foundation, Scholar in Residence Program, Berkeley, California
1997 Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, UC Berkeley
1997 Graduate Opportunity Program Dissertation Fellowship, UC Berkeley (declined)
1994-1996 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
1994-1996 Graduate Opportunity Program Fellowship, UC Berkeley (declined)
1992-1994 Graduate Opportunity Program Fellowship, UC Berkeley
American Sociological Association
Association for Asian American Studies
Association for Asian Studies
Sociologists for Women in Society
I teach courses on citizenship, migration, women's work, feminist theory, gender and sexuality.
2011 Huntington Library, San Marino, CA Co-PI: Matthew Garcia (Conference Planning Grant)
2009 Curriculum Development Grant, Brown University ($4,000)
2007 University of California Labor and Research Grant, Co-PI: Eileen Boris ($20,000)
2007 University of California Humanities Research Institute Grant, Co-PI: Eileen Boris ($6,000)
2005 Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan ($50,000)
2004 Undergraduate Instruction Improvement Program Grant, University of California, Davis, ($15,000)
Summer 2001 Graduate School Research Grant, University of Wisconsin, Madison ($10,000)
- Interview on "Domestic Agenda" in The Brian Lehrer Show, NYC.
- Film: Chain of Love
- New Faculty Profile
- WIDE Network Conference Interview
- Who Cares about the Family?