Professor of Sociology
Her areas of interest are social and political theory, including feminist theory and queer theory, sociology of culture, and social movements.
In 1994, to everyone's astonishment, the Zapatistas rose in revolt in Chiapas, Mexico, the same day that NAFTA went into effect-January 1, 1994. How to make sense of the coincidence? Why have so many, in Latin America and in the world, found the Zapatista messages exciting? What challenges face the Zapatistas today, including the election of a "progressive" government in Mexico in 2018? The Zapatistas' actions and writings constitute a case study in which the economic, the political, indigenous rights, women's rights, civil society, cultural memory, and writing that is poetic and political--all converge. Focusing on the Zapatistas, we consider an example of "local" resistance to "global" designs. "Resistance" names the struggle in Latin America against the precariousness of life under neoliberal economics, and against dominant paradigms that relegate other forms of knowledge and doing to the realm of "the primitive" or the invisible. Together, the two constitute renewed efforts to decolonize Latin America, economically and culturally.
Millions of people are living outside the borders of their home countries as expatriates, migrant workers or transnational managers of the global economic order, as refugees, displaced persons fleeing violence and persecution, and as people without papers. Bodies are thus a key part of the package of the multiple transborder flows of globalization, and they are produced, differentiated and understood through discourses of citizenship, national security, and universal human rights that are frequently at odds. The course will investigate critical questions about the relations of power at issue in technologies of citizenship, surveillance, exclusion and resistance in an effort to understand the condition of being out of place in a globalized yet still strongly territorial world of nation-states.