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Precarity and Labor Market Freedom

Day Labor Agencies, ‘Backdoor’ Hires, and the Spread of Unfree Labor,” a new article by Gretchen Purser, former Graduate Fellow, now Associate Professor of Sociology at Syracuse University. The article, in Anthropology of Work Review, examines how day laborers and day labor agency dispatchers negotiate and navigate the practice of “backdoor” hiring, wherein employers hire workers from, but not through, the agency.

Urban Geography

Nathan McClintock, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and former Graduate Fellow, is one of the new editors of Urban Geography and welcomes submissions from other alums! His own recent articles include "Cultivating (a) Sustainability Capital: Urban Agriculture, Ecogentrification, and the Uneven Valorization of Social Reproduction" in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers and "Urban Agriculture, Racial Capitalism, and Resistance in the Settler‐Colonial City" in Geography Compass.

Race, Class, and Parenthood

Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-class Parenthood (UC Press 2019) is a new book by Dawn Dow, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and former Graduate Fellow. In the book, she examines the complex lives of the African American middle class—in particular, black mothers and the strategies they use to raise their children to maintain class status while simultaneously defining and protecting their children’s “authentically black” identities. The book reveals the painful truth of the decisions that black mothers must make to ensure the safety, well-being, and future prospects of their children. See a video of her discussing her book at an ISSI event on April 2, 2019.

Honors for the "Pushouts," a Documentary about Former Fellow Victor Rios

“The Pushouts” is an award-winning film about the journey of Victor Rios from gang member to sociology professor working for a better future for youth and working to reconceptualize how failure and success are constructed. This article in Remezcla explains how the film-makers repurposed old footage of Rios for the film, which has won numerous awards.  Dr. Rios is a former ISSI Grad Fellow and currently Professor of Sociology  and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. He is best known for his book Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU Press 2011).

Policy and Possibilities: the Undocumented Youth Movement

Genevieve Negrón‐Gonzales, Associate Professor of Education at University of San Francisco and former ISSI Graduate Fellow, shares her social change scholarship in academic and policy outlets. “Political Possibilities: Lessons from the Undocumented Youth Movement for Resistance to the Trump Administration” is her recent article in Anthropology and Education Quarterly, drawing on ten years of qualitative and ethnographic research with undocumented young people and reflecting on her own lifetime of activism. “Deportation as an Educational Policy Issue: How We Can Fight Back & Why We Must” is her recent policy brief in the UndocuScholars Policy and Research Brief Series.

The Bay Area and Beyond: A Regional Perspective on Race, Class, and Planning

Alex Schafran, Lecturer in Urban Geography at the University of Leeds and former Grad Fellow, has a new book; The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics (University of California Press, 2018) is the story of the suburbanization of poverty, the failures of regional planning, urban sprawl, NIMBYism, and political fragmentation between middle class white environmentalists and communities of color. 


Private Prisons, Profits, and Immigrant Detention

Keramet Reiter, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and Associate Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, and at the School of Law at UC Irvine, has a new article in The American Scholar, on private prison companies and immigrant detainees. "Paying to Be Locked Up" explains how private prison companies are treating immigrant detainees like convicted criminals and reaping huge profits from the detainees. 

Trucking, Time, and Precarity

In his new book, Inland Shift: Race, Space, and Capital in Southern California (UC Press 2018), Juan De Lara uses the growth of Southern California’s logistics economy, which controls the movement of goods, to examine how modern capitalism was shaped by and helped to transform the region’s geographies of race and class. De Lara uses logistics and commodity chains to unpack the black box of globalization by showing how the scientific management of bodies, space, and time produced new labor regimes that facilitated a more complex and extended system of global production, distribution, and consumption. De Lara is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and former Graduate Fellow. Video of his ISSI talk about his book is available here.

Award for Eric Pido's Book on Circuits of Migration and Processes of Connection between the Philippines and California

Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity by Eric J. Pido was recognized with the 2019 Association of Asian American Studies Book Award. The book examines the complicated relationship among the Philippine economy, Manila’s urban development, and balikbayans—Filipino migrants visiting or returning to their homeland—to reconceptualize migration as a process of connectivity. Focusing on the experiences of balikbayans returning to Manila from California, Pido shows how Philippine economic and labor policies have created an economy reliant upon property speculation, financial remittances, and the affective labor of Filipinos living abroad. Eric is a former ISSI Graduate Fellow and currently Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. He gave a talk on his book at ISSI; the video is available here.

Police Harassment and Surveillance of Hmong-American Young Men

In her recent article, “Criminalization and Second-Generation Hmong American Boys,” Bao Lo, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at CSU Sacramento and former ISSI Graduate Fellow, explores the often-overlooked criminalization of Southeast Asian Americans. She explores the ways even high-acheiving second generation Hmong American boys are criminalized as men of color and hypercriminalized as gang members in their Sacramento neighborhood.

Histories of Border Violence and Activism

Congratulations to former ISSI Graduate Fellow Roberto Hernandez (Chicano Studies, San Diego State) on his new book Coloniality of the US/Mexico Border which engages in a provocative argument that borders—and border violence—are geospatial manifestations of long histories of racialized and gendered colonial violence. Based on more than twenty years of border activism in San Diego–Tijuana and El Paso–Ciudad Juárez, this book is an interdisciplinary examination that considers the 1984 McDonald’s massacre, Minutemen vigilantism, border urbanism, the ongoing murder of women in Ciudad Juárez, and anti-border music.

“Caring for ‘Super‐utilizers’: Neoliberal Social Assistance in the Safety‐net”

In a new article in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, former Graduate Fellow Mark Fleming and co-authors present their ethnographic research on health care providers in safety‐net settings and how they navigate and deploy expansions of care and social assistance for vulnerable people, particularly those who receive repeated, high‐cost medical interventions yet at the same time lack the basic resources for survival, including housing, food, and psychosocial support. Fleming is a Post-Doctoral Scholar at UC San Francisco.

Experts, Strategists, and Left-leaning Political Parties

Stephanie Mudge's new book, Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism (Harvard University Press 2018), analyzes the history of the Swedish and German Social Democrats, the British Labour Party, and the American Democratic Party. Breaking with an assumption that parties simply respond to forces beyond their control, Mudge argues that left parties’ changing promises expressed the worldviews of different kinds of experts. Mudge is Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Davis and a former Graduate Fellow.


In a recent Anthropology and Education Quarterly article, “A Mamá No la Vas a Llevar en la Maleta: Undocumented Mothers Crossing and Contesting Borders for Their Children’s Education, ” Rebecca Alexander, assistant professor of Education Studies at DePauw University and former ISSI Graduate Fellow draws on ethnographic research in a California school to re-examine "parental involvement."

New Book on the Lived Experiences of Mexican Teenage Girls

Lilia Soto, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Wyoming, has a new book, Girl in the Borderlands: Mexican Teens Caught in the Crossroads of Migration

Social Class and College Choices

Former ISSI Graduate Fellow Yang Lor (University of the Pacific) has a chapter, “Narratives of Interdependence and Independence: The Role of Social Class and Family Relationships in Where High-Achieving Students Apply to College,” in the recent volume Research in the Sociology of Education. Based on interviews with high-achieving students, he found that lower-SES students tend to limit their college choices to primarily selective and nonselective public colleges closer to home, while higher-SES students are more likely to apply to selective private universities in other parts of the country, thus giving them additional choices.

Countering Disinformation, and U.S. Sanctions Against Russia

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Alina Polyakova, Brookings Institution Fellow (Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe) and former ISSI/CRWS Graduate Fellow, (with Geysha Gonzalez) proposes the US anti-smoking campaign as a model for countering disinformation.  And on KQED’s Forum, Alina discusses US sanctions against Russia.

Exploitation in the Gig Economy

On KQED’s Forum, Veena Dubal, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and now Associate Professor of Law at UC Hastings, shared her expertise on exploitation associated with Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies, the toll it is taking on taxi drivers, and consumer responsibility. Dubal argues, “Exploitation and convenience are not two sides of the same coin.” And in this video produced at UC Hastings, Dubal offers more critical reflections on work, law and the gig economy.


The Diaper Dilemma and Manning Up

Former ISSI Graduate Fellow and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Fresno State University Jennifer Randles has two new articles. In “The Diaper Dilemma” (Contexts 2017) she argues that diaper need, a common and often hidden consequence of poverty, and the policy vacuum surrounding it represents a distinct cultural and economic problem. In “'Manning Up' to be a Good Father: Hybrid Fatherhood, Masculinity, and U.S. Responsible Fatherhood Policy," (Gender and Society 2018) she shows how a government program for poor men of color legitimates and sustains gender, race, and class inequalities through U.S. welfare policy.

Preventing Obesity in Latinx Children

Former ISSI Graduate Fellow and DrPH Carlos Penilla has a new article, “Obstacles to preventing obesity in children aged 2 to 5 years: Latino mothers’ and fathers’ experiences and perceptions of their urban environments,” in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Results from this study suggest that Lantinx parents’ demographic, social and community characteristics influence what and how they feed their children, as well as how often and the types of opportunities they provide for physical activity.


New Article on Patient-Inmate Perspectives on Jail Psychiatric Services

Leah Jacobs, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and now Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, has a new article, “‘It’s Not Like Therapy’: Patient-Inmate Perspectives on Jail Psychiatric Services,” (with Sequoia Giordano) in the journal Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Based on a qualitative study of patient-inmate experiences, Leah finds that jails struggle to provide even the most basic and essential forms of psychiatric care; alternatives that connect patient-inmates with community-based providers are badly needed.

Inspiring Words from Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera was the keynote speaker at the ISSI social change award ceremony in 2017. Noguera is Distinguished Professor of Education, UC Los Angeles and a former Graduate Fellow. Video of his talk, "Writing, Resisting and Research: The Role of Scholarship During the Trump Presidency" is available here (his talk begins 59 minutes into the video).

Responding to Violence, Keeping the Peace

Former ISSI Graduate Fellow Cid Martinez has a new article, “Responding to Violence, Keeping the Peace: Relations between Black and Latino Youth,” which was recently published in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Cid is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of San Diego.

New Article on Party Identification and the Immigrant Cohort Hypothesis

Former ISSI Graduate Fellow and President of the Institute for Good Government and Inclusion Loan Le has a new article, “Party Identification and the Immigrant Cohort Hypothesis: The Case of Vietnamese Americans” (with Phi Su), which was recently published in the journal Politics, Groups and Identities.


Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus 

ISSI Visiting Scholar and former ISSI Graduate Fellow Ellen Moore was interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education about her new book, Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus (Duke University Press, 2017). She presented a talk at ISSI on her book; the video is available here.


From First-Generation College Student to Tenure-Track Faculty Member

David Hernández, Assistant Professor of Latino/a studies at Mount Holyoke College and former ISSI Graduate Fellow, shares his experiences as a first-generation college student in this essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "A First-Generation Student’s Survival Strategy: Work More, Sleep Less" and in this post, “My PhD didn’t level the playing field,” on the blog site Breaking Cycle.

States of Incarceration

ISSI former Graduate Fellow Sarah Lynn Lopez and her students at University of Texas, Austin, created this exhibit on the architecture of immigrant detention facilities in Texas. The project unveils the architecture of detention and migrants’ experiences in detention centers by documenting where they are, what they are, and who they incarcerate. Sarah is Assistant Professor of Architecture at UT and was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities to spend 2016-17 at Princeton University.


New Book by Willow Lung-Amam on Immigrants and the "American Dream" in a Silicon Valley Suburbbook cover

Willow Lung-Amam, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and currently Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Maryland, College Park, has a new book. “Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia” (University of California Press 2017) follows one Silicon Valley community as it transforms from a sleepy rural town to one of the nation's largest Asian American–majority cities. The book highlights the passionate efforts of Asian Americans to make Silicon Valley their home by investing in local schools, neighborhoods, and shopping centers. It also provides a textured tale of the tensions that emerge over this suburb's changing environment. She shared her research at an ISSI event; the video is available here.



book coverNew book by Patrisia Macías-Rojas Provides a "Street-Level" Perspective on Immigration Enforcement in the US

From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America” is a new book by Patrisia Macías-Rojas, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago, and former ISSI Graduate Fellow. Drawing on over a decade of ethnographic and archival research, the book explores how mass incarceration and law and order policies of the past forty years have transformed immigration and border enforcement. She provides a “street-level” perspective on how this newly punitive regime has serious lived implications for the day-to-day actions of Border Patrol agents, local law enforcement, civil and human rights advocates, and for migrants and residents of predominantly Latina/o border communities.




New Book by Katrinell Davis on Gender and Racial Inequality Among Transit Workers

Katrinell Davis, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Vermont and former ISSI Graduate Fellow, has a new book published: Hard Work Is Not Enough: Gender and Racial Inequality in an Urban Workspace (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Drawing on archival material and interviews with African American women transit workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Davis grapples with our understanding of mobility as it intersects with race and gender in the postindustrial and post–civil rights United States. She provides a comprehensive account of how political, social, and economic factors work together to shape the culture of opportunity in a postindustrial workplace.




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