- Gender and capitalism
- Feminist theory
- Political economy and transnational processes
Leslie Salzinger is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Research of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. She got her PhD in Sociology at UC Berkeley and previously taught in the sociology departments at the University of Chicago and and Boston College. She writes and teaches on gender, capitalism, nationality, and race and their ongoing co-formations. Her empirical research is ethnographic, mostly focused on Latin America, especially Mexico. Her primary research questions address the cultural constitution of economic processes and the creation of subjects within political economies. Her award-winning first book, Genders in Production: Making Workers in Mexico’s Global Factories (http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9001.html), analyzed the gendered dimensions of transnational production. Her current work in progress, Model Markets: Peso Dollar Exchange as a Site of Neoliberal Incorporation, analyzes peso/dollar exchange markets as crucial gendered and raced sites for Mexico’s shift from “developing nation” to “emerging market.” Two recent publications, “Re-Marking Men: Masculinity as a Terrain of the Neoliberal Economy” (https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6n144139) and “Sexing Homo Œconomicus: Finding Masculinity at Work” (https://escholarship.org/uc/item/0tg2q148) explore the relationship of masculinity and neoliberalism. Professor Salzinger is affiliated with the Department of Sociology and with the Designated Emphasis Program in Critical Theory.
Her careful ethnographic work, personal voice, and sophisticated analysis capture the feel of life inside the maquiladoras and make a compelling case that transnational production is a gendered process. The research grounds contemporary feminist theory in an examination of daily practices and provides an important new perspective on globalization.