Join us for the 2014 Richardson Lecture in American Studies on November 13th at 6:30PM in Riggs Library in Healy Hall, with a reception to follow. Our invited speaker will be Dr. Mary Romero. 

Professor Romero is Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. She received the American Sociology American Section on Race and Ethnicity Minorities 2009 Founder's Award in recognition of career excellence in scholarship and service.  In 2004, she received the Society for the Study of Social Problems' Lee Founders Award, the highest award made by the Society for the Study of Social Problems for a career of activist scholarship.  She is the author of The Maid’s Daughter, Living Inside and Outside the American Dream (NYU Press, 2011),  Maid in the U.S.A. (Routledge, 1992, Tenth Anniversary Edition 2002 ) and co-editor of When Care Work Goes Global, Locating the Social Relations of Domestic Work (Ashgate, 2014).

She specializes in gender and racial justice in the U.S., gender, race and work, critical race studies, ethnography, narrative and qualitative methods, and Latina/o and Chicana/o Studies.   

Her lecture, “Hidden Costs and Privileges of Paid Care Work,” is based on interviews with the adult children of domestic workers.  The structure of hiring housecleaners, nannies and caregivers in the US is analyzed to identify the hidden costs to workers’ families and the reproduction of inequality.  Special focus is on a twenty-year study with the daughter of a live-in maid who tells her story of experiencing privileges of living in the employers’ social work and the disadvantages of being the maid’s daughter.  Her struggle with belonging and identity offers an alternative story to the American Dream.

2014 Richardson  Lecture




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