Shannon Gleeson

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Shannon Gleeson

Associate Professor
Labor Relations, Law, and History

Overview

Shannon Gleeson earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. She joined the faculty of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Fall 2014, after six years in the Latin American & Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on the experiences of low-wage workers, the role of immigrant documentation status, and legal mobilization. She has also conducted research on immigrant civic engagement and the bureaucratic processes of labor standards enforcement. Her publications have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Latino Studies, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, International Migration, and Social Science & Medicine. Her book, "Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston," was published in 2012 by Cornell University Press.

She is currently working on a book that examines the promises and failures of U.S. labor and employment law, the challenges low-wage workers face when they come forward to file a claim, and their experiences in fighting for justice. Additionally, she is engaged in two collaborative projects that examine the implementation of immigrant worker rights. With Xóchitl Bada, (University of Illinois, Chicago), she is researching the role of the Mexican Consulate in protecting the rights of immigrant workers, and the perspective of enforcement agencies and nonprofit advocates across the United States. With support from the National Science Foundation, she and Els de Graauw (Baruch College, the City University of New York) are conducting an institutional analysis of the implementation of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in three metropolitan regions: the San Francisco Bay Area, the Greater Houston Area, and the New York City Metro Area.

Teaching Statement

My approach to teaching is one that stimulates critical thinking and empirically-based analysis, while pushing students to consider possibilities for social change. In the classroom, I have three main goals: 1) Give students the analytical tools to conduct and interpret systematic tests of social theory, 2) Engage mixed-media and technological resources to make course material relevant and provide a springboard to classroom discussions, and 3) Introduce best-practices for presenting research results in graphical and written formats. Over my professorial career, I have taught classes ranging from lower division service courses with large enrollments (Race, Class & Gender; Latinos and Organized Labor), to smaller upper division courses (Population Dynamics in the United States; Citizenship and Immigration Paradigms in Comparative Perspective), a senior seminar (Latino Civic Engagement in Comparative Perspective), and a core lecture course for the major (Social Science Analytics). In all these settings, I routinely create space for small group work to generate critical discussion on key topics. Whenever appropriate, I also typically require independent research, and believe it is indispensable for developing and retaining skills introduced in the classroom. I routinely bring in guest speakers, from both academia and the practitioner world, and regularly distribute media and policy updates via the online course blackboards. I complement weekly readings with short radio and film documentaries, and typically require students to submit weekly reading reflections and call on students to facilitate reading discussion. Beyond the classroom, I enjoy integrating both graduate students, as well as advanced undergraduates into my research. I find it essential to incorporate under-represented undergraduates into my research, and consciously strive to make their experiences mutually beneficial. Beyond campus, I have contributed similarly to mentorship for the discipline as a whole through graduate student and junior scholar workshops. Over the last year, I have written 20 letters of recommendations for students and colleagues.

Research Statement

My research focuses on the experiences of low-wage workers, the role of immigrant documentation status, and legal mobilization. I have conducted research on immigrant civic engagement and the bureaucratic processes of labor standards enforcement. My publications have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Latino Studies, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, International Migration, and Social Science & Medicine. My book, "Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston," was published in 2012 by Cornell University Press. I am currently working on a book that examines the promises and failures of U.S. labor and employment law, the challenges low-wage workers face when they come forward to file a claim, and their experiences in fighting for justice. Additionally, I am engaged in two collaborative projects that examine the implementation of immigrant worker rights. With Xóchitl Bada, (University of Illinois, Chicago), I am researching the role of the Mexican Consulate in protecting the rights of immigrant workers, and the perspective of enforcement agencies and nonprofit advocates across the United States. With support from the National Science Foundation, with Els de Graauw (Baruch College, the City University of New York), we are conducting an institutional analysis of the implementation of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in three metropolitan regions: the San Francisco Bay Area, the Greater Houston Area, and the New York City Metro Area.

Service Statement

Throughout my academic career, I have served in a number of capacities, including as chair the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee since Fall 2012 to June 2014, various scholarship and internship selection committees, and alumni and senior survey projects (at UCSC LALS). I have also served on the Division of Social Sciences Information Technology Advisory Committee, helped to coordinate three Chicano/Latino Research Center colloquia, and co-organized three conferences sponsored by the Center for Labor Studies. During my time in the UC system, I served as the campus representative to the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Excellence for Migration and Health since 2010, and on review committees for the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) program. Currently in ILR, I serve on the executive committee of the Worker Institute, the development team for the Mobilizing Against Inequality Website, and a member of the Engaged Cornell proposal team with the Social Sector and Buffalo High Road Fellow program. Beyond campus, my professional service has included active participation in the American Sociological Association and the Law & Society Association. I am currently chair of the Labor and Labor Movements section of the American Sociological Association. I have also served on the editorial board of Sociological Perspectives, and am currently on the board of the American Sociological Review. I regularly review articles in peer-reviewed outlets, including: the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, City & Society, Contexts, Du Bois Review, Ethnic & Racial Studies, International Migration Review, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies, Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, Law & Policy, Mobilization, Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Sociological Forum, Sociological Perspectives, Social Problems, the Sociological Quarterly, Oxford University Press, and the University of California Press.

Publications

Journal Articles

Books

  • John SW Park, Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. The Nation and Its Peoples: Citizens, Denizens, Migrants. New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2012. Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012.

Book Chapters

  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Activism and Advocacy. in Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2014. Lois Lorentzen.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Navigating Occupational Health Rights: The Function of Illegality, Language, and Class Inequality in Workers’ Compensation. in The Nation and Its Peoples: Citizens, Denizens, Migrants. New York : Routledge, 2014. John SW Park and Shannon Gleeson .
  • Leisy J. Abrego, Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Workers, Families, and Immigration Policies. in Undecided Nation: Political Gridlock and the Immigration Crisis. New York: Springer, 2014. Tony Payan and Erika de la Garza.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2013. Unauthorized Immigration to the United States. in Immigrants in America: Arrivals, Adaptation and Integration. Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, 2013. Elliott Barkan. (1539-1552)
  • Irene Bloemraad, Shannon M Gleeson. 2012. Making the Case for Organizational Presence: Civic Inclusion, Access to Resources, And Formal Community Organizations. in Comparative Urban and Community Research: Remaking Urban Citizenship: Organizations, Institutions, and the Right to the City. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2012. Michael Peter Smith and Michael McQuarrie. (109-134)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2008. Organizing for Latino Immigrant Rights in Two U.S. Cities: The Case of San Jose and Houston. in Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations and Political Engagement. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2008. S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Irene Bloemraad. (107-133)

Book Sections

  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2013. Undocumented Workers. in Sociology of Work. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Reference, 2013. Vicki Smith.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2011. Day Laborers, Worker Centers & Immigrants and Unions. in Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. Kathleen Arnold.

Book Reviews

  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Review of: Lee, Catherine. 2013. Fictive Kinship: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race and Nation in American Immigration. in American Journal of Sociology. Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2014.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Review of: Mora, G. Cristina. 2013. Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American. in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. University of Chicago Press, 2014. (Accepted)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2013. Review of McKay, Sonia, Eugenia Markova, and Anna Paraskevopoulou 2001. Undocumented Workers' Transitions: Legal Status, Migration, and Work in Europe. in Ethnic and Racial Studies. 2013. (892-894)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2012. Review of: Apostolidis, Paul. Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy. in Contemporary Sociology. 2012. (61-63)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2012. Review of: Sarathy, Brinda. Pineros: Latino Labour and the Changing Face of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest. in Human Ecology. 2012. (807-809)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2011. Review of: Norris, Jim. North for the Harvest: Mexican Workers, Growers, and the Sugar Beet Industry. in Journal of American Ethnic History. 2011. (103-105)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2009. Review of: Telles, Edward E. and Vilma Ortiz. Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation, and Race. in City and Community. 2009. (197-199)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2008. Review of: Jiménez, Francisco, Alma M. García, and Richard A. Garcia. Ethnic Community Builders: Mexican Americans in Search of Justice and Power, The Struggle for Citizenship Rights in San José, California. in Contemporary Sociology. 2008. (472-473)

Professional Activities

  • Undocumented Students and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). (Research with Els de Graauw). Presented to PAM 3040: Immigration and Public Policy (Professor Matt Hall) as Guest Lecturer. Cornell University. 2015.
  • An Institutional Examination of Varying Local Approaches to Implementing DACA (Research with Els de Graauw). Presented to Latino Studies Program. Cornell University. 2015.
  • Panel Discussant. New Boundaries of Inclusion: DACA and Immigrant Youth. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New York City. 2015.
  • Navigating the Bureaucracy, Searching for Justice: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States. Presented to Cornell University, ILR School, Department Seminar: Labor Relations, Law & History and International & Comparative Labor. 2014.
  • International Migration. Presented to DSOC 6720 Demography Proseminar (Professor Lindy Williams) as Guest Lecturer, Cornell University. 2014.
  • Precarious Labor, Tenuous Rights: Lay v. Legal Conceptions of Justice at the Workplace. Presented to University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology Colloquium. Philadelphia, PA. 2014.
  • Lay vs. Legal Conceptions of Justice at the Workplace. Presented to American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. 2014.
  • Legal Status as Precarity Multiplier: Social & Economic Consequences of At-Will Employment & Unjust Termination for Unauthorized Workers. Presented to Labor Employment Relations Association Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. 2014.
  • Consular and Civil Society Strategies for Improving Enforcement of Labor Standards for Mexican Immigrants. Presented to Latin American Studies Association International Congress. Chicago, IL. 2014.
  • Navigating the Bureaucracy, Searching for Justice: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States. Presented to Sociology 176A: Work & Society (Professor Steve McKay) as Guest Lecturer, University of California. Santa Cruz, CA. 2014.
  • When Do Papers Matter? An Institutional Analysis of Undocumented Life in the United States. Presented to Urgent Issues in Global Citizenship: Immigration and Our Classrooms, West Valley College. Saratoga, CA. 2014.
  • Navigating the Bureaucracy, Searching for Justice: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States. Presented to Closing the Employment Standards Enforcement Gap: A Research Initiative on Improving Protections for People in Precarious Jobs, Global Labour Research Centre. York University. 2014.
  • A New Approach to Migrant Labor Rights Enforcement: The Crisis of Undocumented Worker Abuse and Mexican Consular Advocacy in the United States. Presented to United Association for Labor Education. Los Angeles, CA. 2014.
  • Rights in Name Only: Labor Market Reintegration and Economic Precarity in the Wake of Workplace Violations. Presented to Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University, 2013-2014 New Scholars Meeting. 2014.
  • Precarious Labor, Tenuous Rights: Lay v. Legal Conceptions of Justice at the Workplace. Presented to Race, Labor & the Law University of California-Los Angeles. 2014.
  • Panel Discussant. Common Themes, Common Challenges. Immigrant Integration and Resilient Regions Symposium, University of Southern California. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to ILR Cornell University. 2013.
  • Immigration Reform & Marriage Equality. Presented to 11th Annual Practical Activism Conference, University of California. Santa Cruz, CA. 2013.
  • Rights in Theory, Rights in Practice: Unpacking the Individual and Institutional Elements of Enforcing Worker Rights. Presented to LALS 1: Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies (Instructor: Jesica Fernandez) as Guest Lecturer, University of California. 2013.
  • Rights in Theory, Rights in Practice: Unpacking the Individual and Institutional Elements of Enforcing Worker Rights. Presented to Labor and Labor Movements Mini-Conference: Labor and Global Solidarity, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY. 2013.
  • Transnational Labor Advocacy: Civil Society and Consular Reponses to the Rights of Mexican Immigrant Workers. Presented to Bases of Labor Market Segmentation, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY. 2013.
  • Book Panel. Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. International Migration Section Mini-Conference: Shaping the Future of Immigration Research, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY. 2013.
  • Labor Market Outcomes and the Effect of MSA-level Differences in National Origin Discrimination Claims Rates and Local Immigration Enforcement. Presented to Labor Standards Enforcement in an Era of Restrictive Immigration Regulation, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to Latin American & Latino Studies and Chicano/Latino Research Center Research Colloquium, University of California - Santa Cruz. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to UC Center for New Racial Studies, University of California -Santa Barbara. 2013.
  • The Limits to Lawyering: Findings from a Survey of Low-Wage Workers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Presented to Low Wage Workers & Organizing Conference, César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, University of California-Los Angeles. 2013.
  • Claiming Rights, Reclaiming Dignity: Examining the Legal Mobilization of Low-Wage Workers. Presented to Population Association of America Annual Meeting . New Orleans, LA. 2013.
  • Immigration Policies Hurt Immigrant Families More Than They Help. Presented to Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century, Rice University Baker Institute's Latin America Initiative Immigration Research Project, Rice University. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to Migration, Ethnicity, Race & Nation Workshop, Stanford University. 2013.
  • The Limits to Lawyering: Findings from a Survey of Low-Wage Workers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Presented to Challenges and Opportunities for Labor in the New West, Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Reno/Sparks, NV. 2013.
  • Between Support and Shame: The Impacts of Workplace Violations for Immigrant Families. Presented to UC-Wide Immigration Conference, We Asked For Workers And Families Came: Children, Youth, And Families In Migration, International Institute Program on International Migration, University of California-Los Angeles. 2013.
  • When Do Papers Matter? Institutional Analysis of Undocumented Life in the United States. Presented to Undocunation Immigration Symposium, University of California-Berkeley. 2013.
  • Rights in Theory, Rights in Practice: Unpacking the Individual and Institutional Elements of Enforcing Worker Rights. Presented to Department of Sociology Colloquium, University of California-Santa Cruz. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to Department of Sociology Colloquium, University of California-Davis. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame. 2012.
  • An Evaluation of the Economic Argument in Favor of Immigrant Rights” Workshop for the Working Group. Presented to Changing Workforce: Immigrants and Their Impact on The Meanings of Work, UC Humanities Research Institute. 2012.
  • Immigrants and Occupational Health. Presented to 7th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health, Center of Expertise on Migration and Health Research. 2012.
  • COEMH Research Training Workshop. Presented to 7th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health, Center of Expertise on Migration and Health Research Workshop. 2012.
  • Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Past and Present Emigration Policies. Presented to Latin American Studies Association International Congress. San Francisco, CA. 2012.
  • Organized Labor & State Politics. Presented to CLTE 92: The State of State Politics in California (Professor Jonathan Fox) as Guest Lecturer, University of California – Santa Cruz. 2012.
  • Brokering Rights: Examining the Legal Mobilization of Undocumented Workers. Presented to New Borderlands in Las Américas: The Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Recent Sites of Migrant Reception I, Latin American Studies Association International Congress. San Francisco, CA. 2012.
  • Panel Contributor. Immigrant Rights. Human Rights Conference, Monterey Institute of International Studies. 2012.
  • Navigating Occupational Health Rights: Low-Wage Work, Immigration, and Workers’ Compensation in California. Presented to Critical Race Theory and Empirical Methods Workshop, University of California – Irvine School of Law. 2012.
  • Rights in Theory, Rights in Practice: Barriers to Claims-making for Immigrant Workers. Presented to Immigration Symposium, Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies, San Jose State University. 2012.
  • Mobilizing Rights, Navigating Bureaucracies: Assessing the Legal Mobilization of Low-Wage Workers. Presented to Defining and Defending Global Workers’ Rights Symposium, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Project for Global Workers’ Rights. 2012.
  • Choosing Your Path in Sociology. Presented to SOCI 170: Applied Sociology (Professor Laura Nichols) as Guest Lecturer, Santa Clara University. 2012.
  • Pay, Papers and Pain: The Occupational Health Experiences of Latino Immigrant Restaurant Workers. Presented to Labor Across the Food System Conference, University of California-Santa Cruz. 2012.
  • To Protect One, We Must Protect All: Bureaucratic Scripts for Protecting Undocumented Workers. Presented to Perspectives on Citizenship II: Citizenship in Practice, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. 2011.
  • Invited Partcipant. Critical Race Theory and Empirical Methods Workshop, Second Working Group Meeting, University of California, Hastings. 2011.
  • Co-Faculty Facilitator. COEMH Research Training Workshop, 6th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health. Center of Expertise on Migration and Health Research Workshop. 2011.
  • Assessing Processes of Legal Mobilization amongst Low-Wage Immigrant Workers: Findings from the San Francisco Bay Area. Presented to Citizenship and Immigration Collaborative Research Network Session. Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. 2011.
  • Towards a More Transformative Vision of Immigration Reform: Navigating the Realms of the ‘Ideal’ and ‘Non-Ideal'. Presented to Pre-LSA Workshop, University of California – Berkeley School of Law and Haas Diversity Research Center. 2011.
  • Creating a Research Presentation: Do’s and Don’ts. Presented to Faculty Mentorship Program as Guest Lecturer, University of California – Santa Cruz. 2011.
  • Two Paths to Justice: Framing & Strategizing Immigrant Labor Rights in San Jose & Houston. Presented to Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium, University of California-Davis. 2011.
  • Article Publishing. Presented to Department of Sociology Graduate Student Workshop, University of California – Santa Cruz. 2011.
  • Considering Grad School: Assessing Your Options and Becoming Your Best Advocate. Presented to Womyn of Color Conference, University of California – Santa Cruz. 2011.
  • Assessing Processes of Legal Mobilization amongst Low-Wage Workers. Presented to Race, Nation, Identity: The 1st Annual Conference of the UC Center for New Racial Studies, University of California – Los Angeles. 2011.
  • Theory Building or Building Justice through Research? Lessons Learned from a Survey of Low-Wage Workers. Presented to Sociology and Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference, Santa Clara University. 2011.
  • To Protect One, We Must Protect All: Bureaucratic Scripts for Protecting Undocumented Workers. Presented to Persistent Puzzles in Immigration Law, Immigration Law Symposium, University of California – Irvine School of Law. 2011.
  • The Road Paved with Good Intentions: Bureaucratic Efforts to Protect the Undocumented Worker in the United States. Presented to Department of Psychology Colloquium, University of California – Santa Cruz. 2010.
  • Migration and Health. Co-Faculty Facilitator for GHS 201A: Foundations of Global Health (Professor John Ziegler). University of California – San Francisco. 2010.
  • Immigration Reform: A Look at SB1070. Presented to Practical Activism Conference , University of California – Santa Cruz. 2010.
  • “They Come Here to Work!” v. “Tenemos Que Aguantar”: The Power and Limitations of the Legalization Rhetoric for Claims-Making Amongst Undocumented Workers. Presented to Thematic Session. Mobilizing Against the Odds: Undocumented Immigrants Organizing and Making Claims in U.S. Society. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. 2010.
  • Wasted Talent and Hard Work: An Evaluation of Framing in the Immigrant Rights Movement. Presented to Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. 2010.
  • Rights in Name Only: An Examination of the Workers Compensation System in California. Presented to Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Oakland, CA. 2010.
  • Panel Participant. Author Meets Critic: ‘Undermining Race: Ethnic Identity in Arizona Copper Camps, 1880-1920’ (Phylis Martinelli, University of Arizona: 2009). Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, CA. 2010.
  • Waiting for Payday: Patterns in Federal Wage & Hour Enforcement. Presented to Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Oakland, CA. 2010.
  • Reassessing the Scope of Civil Society for Immigrant Communities: Lessons Learned. Presented to Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Cleveland, OH. 2009.
  • Protecting Your Own: The Mexican Consulate and the Área de Protección. Presented to Undocumented Hispanic Migration: On the Margins of a Dream, Connecticut College. 2009.
  • No es tan grave….Rejecting Workers’ Compensation Benefits: A Case Study of Latino Immigrant . Presented to Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work: Inequality at Work, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. 2009.
  • Membership, Opportunity, and Claims Making: Undocumented Immigrants Negotiating Bureaucracies. Presented to Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. 2009.
  • Using Quantitative Data in Your Research. Presented to LALS 194E – Latino International Migration (Professor Susanne Jonas) as Guest Lecturer, University of California-Santa Cruz. 2009.
  • Tenemos Que Aguantar: Legitimating Exploitation and the Ethic of Citizenship for Undocumented Workers. Presented to Department of Psychology Colloquium, University of California – Santa Cruz. 2009.
  • The Emergence of a Transnational Bureaucracy in Domestic Labor Standards Enforcement? Consular Efforts to Protect Immigrant Workers. Presented to Chicano/Latino Research Center Workshop Series (2008-2009), University of California – Santa Cruz. 2009.
  • The Daily Special: Barriers to Accessing Rights for Undocumented Workers in the Restaurant Industry. Presented to LALS 230 - Political Ecology in Latin America (Professor Flora Lu) as Guest Lecturer, University of California-Santa Cruz. 2008.
  • Law and Society… and Race. Presented to 2004 Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. Honolulu, HI. 2008.
  • No es tan grave…Rejecting Workers’ Compensation Benefits: A Case Study of Latino Immigrant Restaurant Workers. Presented to Migration and Health Research Workshop, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California- San Diego. 2008.
  • Labor Protections for All?: Immigrant Documentation Status and Legal Consciousness. Presented to Section on Sociology of Law: Law, Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. 2008.
  • Getting Through Graduate School. Presented to Norma Williams Graduate Mentoring Workshop, Latino/a Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Boston, MA. 2008.
  • Immigrants and the U.S. Economy. Presented to Guest Lecture for PS 138F: Immigrants, Citizenship, and the State (Rebecca Hamlin and Ken Haig), University of California-Berkeley. 2008.
  • La Movilización de la Comunidad Inmigrante Latina en Un Año Electoral. Presented to Multicultural Institute. Berkeley, CA. 2008.
  • From Rights to Claims: The Role of Civil Society in Making Rights Real for Undocumented Workers. Presented to UC Berkeley Spotlight on Immigration Conference, University of California-Berkeley. 2008.
  • Papeles y Derechos: Workplace Violations and Claims-Making Amongst Latino Immigrant Workers. Presented to UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender. 2008.
  • State Variation in Labor Violations in the U.S. Presented to UC Berkeley Department of Demography Brown Bag Series. 2007.
  • Labor Violations and Opportunities for State and Local Responses. Presented to Immigrant Rights Summit, City and County of San Francisco. 2007.
  • Civic Inequality: Civic and Political Presence among Immigrants in the Silicon Valley. Presented to Session on Immigrant Civic and Political Engagement: Interdisciplinary Approaches, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. 2007.
  • Organizing for Latino Immigrant Rights in Two U.S. Cities: The Case of San Jose and Houston. Presented to Session: Section on Sociology of Law: Law and Institutions. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY. 2007.
  • Keynote Address. Presented to Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society, Santa Clara University. 2007.
  • Latino Civic Organizing in Comparative Perspective: How Individual, Community, and Contextual Determinants Shape Civic and Political Participation. Presented to Section on Latino/a Sociology: Social and Political Capital Among Latinos in Urban Areas. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada. 2006.
  • Return on Investment: Educational Choices and Demographic Change in California's Future. Presented to Session: Inequality, Labor Force, Education, Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Religion, Policy. Population Association of America Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. 2006.
  • Re-conceptualizing the Economic Integration of Immigrants: A Comparison of Economic and Political Migrants, The Case of the Mexican and Vietnamese Communities. Presented to Section on International Migration Roundtable. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. 2005.
  • Graduate Student Panel. Economic Integration of Immigrants: Comparison of Mexican and Vietnamese Outcomes. Crossing the Line: Current Research on Immigrant Workers and the U.S.- Mexico Border- Graduate Student Panel, Center for Latino Policy Research, University of California-Berkeley. 2005.
  • An Analysis of the Determinants of the Economic Integration of Immigrants: A Multi-Dimensional Approach. Presented to Session: Economic Integration of Immigrants. Population Association of America Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. 2005.
  • An Analysis of Wage Attainment and Occupational Status of Mexican Immigrant Men Living in the U.S.: A Comparison of Current Population Survey and Mexican Migration Project Data. Presented to California Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Riverside, CA. 2004.
  • Burnout in the Non-profit Human Services. Presented to 29th Annual Western Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference, Santa Clara University. 2002.
  • Organizational Culture in a Non-profit Human Service Organization. Presented to 29th Annual Western Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference, Santa Clara University. 2002.
  • Exploring the Experience of Low Income Latinos in Silicon Valley. Presented to 28th Annual Western Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference, Santa Clara University. 2001.

Honors and Awards

  • Honorable Mention for the American Sociological Association International Migration Section’s Thomas & Znaniecki Best Book Award for Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston, American Sociological Association. 2014