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I am a sociologist curious about the connections between economic development and the worlds of family and work. My research is qualitative and examines the gendered consequences of macro level social changes such as those related to globalization, demographic shifts, immigration, and state policies. I am proud to work and teach at a nontraditional campus in Texas that serves a diverse group of upper-division college students, many of whom bring a lifetime of rich experience with them into the classroom.
After the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factories in 2013, international attention turned toward the conditions of garment production in Bangladesh. What occurred next was a shift in the regulatory environment with increased brand oversight and corporate-driven efforts to improve factories. In order to compete amid new regulations, some factor...
This chapter examines the intersection of development policies and son preference through the story of a son-less family in Matlab, Bangladesh. Headed by a labor-migrant father who has been away for several years, the family in this case study must negotiate their future economic survival in the face of threats to their social status. Against a bac...
This research examines the gendered consequences of the international low-fertility agenda, as it has been realized in an era of a globalized labor market, by documenting some of the ways that families in rural Bangladesh have shifted filial responsibilities between daughters and sons. Such shifts are occurring in a context of new demographic and e...
This article explores the folk legend as one articulation of the social control of women in rural Bangladesh. Stories and legends emerged when women were interviewed about the effects of men leaving the village for wage-based jobs in cities and abroad. Interviews were analyzed via immersion, theme generation, and open coding (MARSHALL & ROSSMAN, 20...
The now-globalized economy has had far-reaching effects on family structure and gender roles around the world. One striking aspect of globalization is the rapid expansion of a global labor market resulting in large waves of labor migration. The effects of labor out-migration of men from rural Bangladesh have not yet been well documented , but preli...
Examines the migration of Bangladeshi women abroad to work in export-oriented garment production in Mauritius in order to expand on feminist theories of gender and supply chain capitalism. While the existence of gendered production regimes in the Global South is well-documented, this project incorporates workers’ status as foreign migrant others into our understanding of supply chain capitalism by interrogating the existence of gendered migrant production regimes.