Rodriguez, Robyn M.
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2005
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Globalization, The Nation-State and Development, Labor and International Migration, Immigration, Race, Diaspora and Trans/nationalisms, and Gender.
Sociology, Women & Gender Studies, and Race Relations.
Memberships and Professional Service
Northeast Representative to the National Board, Association for Asian American Studies, 2006-2008; Affiliated Faculty Member, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, 2005-Present; Member of Collective for Asian American Studies, Rutgers University, 2005-Present; Reviewer, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Member: American Sociological Association, Association for Asian Studies, Association for Asian American Studies, American Studies Association, and the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Research Council Grant, Rutgers University, 2006-2007; Faculty Fellowship, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, 2005-2006; Visiting Research Scholar, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California San Diego, 2004-2005; Minority Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1997-1999 and 2000-2001,
Academic Interests and Plans
I am currently working on my book manuscript entitled, Migrant Citizenship: The State, Globalized Labor and Nationalism. Migrant Citizenship examines how the Philippine state, as a labor brokering state actively produces, distributes and regulates migrant workers globally. International migration offers both economic and political benefits for the Philippine state as it profits from migrantsí remittances and averts political crises by offering its citizens employment. I argue that the Philippine state draws on nationalist discourses to construct migration as a form of citizenship to facilitate and control global circuits of Filipino and Filipina workers. Migrant Citizenship, however, also examines how migrants leverage their Philippine citizenship to demand that the Philippine state extend guarantee them protections in their countries of employment, wherever they may be. I suggest that migrantsí transnational mobilizations point to novel practices of citizenship within the context of heightened globalization. Migrant Citizenship draws significantly on dissertation research completed at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Sociology.
I have also engaged in interdisciplinary, collaborative research examining such diverse topics as Filipina womenís representations on the Internet, Asian American car racing culture, and the effects of 9/11 immigration policies on the Filipino immigrant community.
Currently, I am interested in doing a comparative study of the effects of policies passed in the wake of the 9/11 tragedies on immigrants in the states of California and New Jersey.