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Welcome Dr. Geraldina Polanco

School of Labour Studies welcomes Dr. Geraldina Polanco

Jul 18, 2017

The School of Labour Studies at McMaster University is delighted to welcome Dr. Geraldina Polanco as the newest member of our faculty. Dr. Polanco began her position with us as Assistant Professor of Labour Studies and Sociology on July 1, 2017.

Dr. Polanco is an ethnographer and global scholar whose work is situated at the intersection of work and migration. Her research explores the role of labour-sending states in the regulation of temporary labour programs, and how Canada’s expansion of its Temporary Foreign Worker Program has introduced new regimes for establishing labour consent. She is currently working on a book that examines how migrant dreams are assembled by profit-driven actors to stimulate qualified Filipino subjects to engage in low-waged, fast food labour migration. Her most recent study on Canada and Mexico explores how Mexican subjects are produced for overseas fast food work, and the lived experiences of the primarily working-class men who engage in these overseas employment contracts. Broadly, her work contributes to knowledge in the areas of citizenship studies, industrial relations, cultural studies, globalization, and gender and ethnic relations. She has published in venues like Third World Quarterly (2016), Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (2017), and the Journal of International Migration and Integration (2017).

Prior to joining McMaster’s School of Labour Studies, Dr. Polanco was an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University Northridge, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at York University’s Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of British Columbia in 2014.

Welcome Dr. Polanco!