Dr. Patricia Zavella

kearney-2013-zavella.jpegThe 2013 Michael Kearney Lecture principle speaker is Patricia Zavella, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.   

Zavella received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.  After completing her degree, she received a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford’s Center for Chicano Research.  She has published extensively on feminist ethnography and Chicana/o studies; poverty, women’s labor; family, kinship, sexuality and the social and cultural changes brought about by transnational migration of Mexican workers to the United States. Her books include: Women’s Work and Chicano Families: Cannery Workers of the Santa Clara Valley (Cornell University Press, 1987); Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios, co-authored with members of the Latina Feminist Group (Duke University Press, 2001), Chicana Feminisms: A Critical Reader  (Duke University Press, 2003), co-authored with UCSC professors Gabriela Arredondo, Aída Hurtado, Norma Klahn and Olga Nájera Ramírez, and Women and Migration in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Reader, co-edited with Denise Segura (Duke University Press, 2007). Her most recent book is: “I’m Neither Here nor There:” Mexicans’ Quotidian Struggles with Migration and Poverty (Duke University Press 2011).