Wednesday, May 18, 2011 
12:30 pm 
Moore Hall 3340




Rallying for Immigrant RightsThe Immigrant Rights Protests of 2006: Explanatory Quandaries and Future Prospects

Presented by Kim Voss, University of California Berkeley

Discussant: Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, UCLA Labor Center



About the Speakers:

Kim Voss arrived at Berkeley in 1986 with a Ph.D. from Stanford and considerable real-life experience with inequality in America. She studies labor, work, social movements, and comparative-historical sociology. Her recent work explores the politics of the contemporary American labor movement, and particularly the prospects for its renewal. She has published two books about U.S. labor today: Hard Work: Remaking the America Labor Movement(with Rick Fantasia, University of California Press 2004) and Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement (co-edited with Ruth Milkman, Cornell University Press 2004), along with several articles.

In earlier work, Professor Voss studied the Knights of Labor--the largest American union organization of the nineteenth-century--to shed light on the question of why the U.S. labor movement has traditionally been so weak and politically conservative in comparison to labor movements in Western Europe. Her book on the Knights, The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century (Cornell University Press) was published in 1993. In 1996, she and five of her Berkeley colleagues wrote Inequality By Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth (Princeton University Press 1996).

In addition to her current research on contemporary labor, Professor Voss is also exploring the local and generative dynamics of transnational social movements, is doing a historical investigation of the practical power of narrative in social movements. Her latest book, Rallying for Immigrant Rights: The Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America (with Irene Bloemraad), on the immigration protests of Spring 2006 is available through UC Press.

Dr. Gaspar Rivera-Salgado was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and received his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is currently a project director at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, where he teaches classes on work, labor, and social justice in the US and immigration issues. He also directs the Institute for Transnational Social Change.

Gaspar has previously held positions at several universities in the United States (including the University of Southern California, University of California, San Diego, and Columbia University) and was named the 1995 Visiting Professor in Development and Human Rights at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands. He currently serves as an advisor to several migrant organizations in California, including the Binational Center for Oaxacan Indigenous Development, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, and the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations. He has extensive experience as an independent consultant on transnational migration, race and ethnic relations, and diversity training for large organizations.

His most recent publications include the edited volume (with J. Fox) Indigenous Mexican Migration in the United States (University of California, San Diego, 2005); and the upcoming edited volume (with E. Telles, and M. Sawyer) Just Neighbors?: Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States (Russell Sage Foundation Press).



This event is sponsored by the UCLA Department of Sociology and the UCLA Migration Study Group