Wednesday, February 22, 2011 
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Chicano Studies Research Library - Haines 144 

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Book Talk: NAFTA and the Politics of Labor Transnationalism

Presented by Tamara Kay, Harvard University
Discussant: Rubén Hernández-León, UCLA Sociology 






About the Speakers:

Tamara KayTamara Kay is Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of Harvard's Transnational Studies Initiative. Dr. Kay has affiliations with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and participates on the faculty of Film Studies.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2004 and spent two years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her work centers on the political and legal implications of regional economic integration, transnationalism, and global governance. She is interested in how organizations and social movements — particularly labor and environmental movements, and NGOs and non-profits — respond and adapt to processes of regional economic integration and globalization.

Dr. Kay's first book NAFTA and the Politics of Labor Transnationalism was published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press as part of the Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics series. It explores why trinational relationships developed among some Canadian, U.S., and Mexican labor unions at the precise moment when regional economic integration reached its peak, and why the same staggering changes had little, if any impact on other unions.

Ruben Hernandez Leon



Rubén Hernández-León is Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Sociology and the Director of the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies at the UCLA International Institute. His research interests include international migration and immigration, border and diaspora studies, Mexico and Latin America. His most recent book is Metropolitan Migrants: The Migration of Urban Mexicans to the United States.






This event is sponsored by the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies and the UCLA Department of Sociology