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About Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

Valerie Francisco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University in California, United States. Francisco received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at City University of New York, The Graduate Center. Her forthcoming book The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants and Transnational Families in a Digital Age explores the dynamics of gender and technology of care work in Filipino transnational families in the Philippines and the U.S. Through an examination of neoliberal immigration policies and market forces, Francisco contextualizes the shifts in the long-standing transnational family formation in the Philippines. Dr. Francisco research program includes a transnational study of Filipino migrant mothers in New York City and their families left behind in Manila and participatory action research with Filipino immigrants working as caregivers in the U.S. In journals like Critical Sociology, Working USA, Action Research, The Philippine Sociological Review and International Review of Qualitative Research, Dr. Francisco also writes on the transnational activism that emerges from the social conditions of migration, separation and migrant labor.

Dr. Francisco’s academic interests include : global and transnational sociology, migration and immigration studies, diaspora with a special interest on the Philippine migration, gender and the family, racial and ethnic relations in the U.S., labor, transnational social movements with regard to migrant workers, and international political economy. Francisco’s research is informed by the transnational activism of GABRIELA, an alliance of progressive Filipino women’s organizations in the Philippines and internationally, and MIGRANTE International, an international alliance of Filipino migrant workers. These networks of diasporic and transnational solidarity between Filipino migrant communities and the national democratic movement in the Philippines has helped shape her critical perspective on neoliberalism. To this end, Francisco has engaged in participatory action research and feminist methods in all of her research projects where Filipino and Filipina migrants’ experiences are centered as expertise. Currently, she is collaborating with Robyn Rodriguez on a PAR project with Filipino caregivers and domestic workers to research an understudied industry of caregiving to the elderly. More importantly, this research project allows for the development of leadership and organizing capacity in the Filipino community in the Bay Area through an newly formed organization, Migrante Northern California.

Dr. Francisco has been awarded the 2015 Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis Award and has been named one of the ten national finalists for the 2014 Lynton Award Scholarship of Engagement for Early Scholars  by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE).

Positions

2017 - Present Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University ‐ Sociology and Sexuality Studies
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2015 - Present Assistant Professor, San Jose State University ‐ Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
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2013 - 2015 Assistant Professor, University of Portland ‐ Sociology
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Global Sociology, Gender and Sexuality, Domestic/Reproductive Labor, Family and Intimate Relations, Qualitative Methods, Immigration and Transnationalism, Race and Ethnicity, Asian America/Asian Diaspora, Philippines/Southeast Asia, and Participatory and Feminist Methodology

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Education

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2012 Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center ‐ Sociology
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2010 Certificate, CUNY Graduate Center ‐ Women And Gender Studies
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2009 M.A., CUNY Graduate Center ‐ Sociology
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2006 B.A., San Francisco State University ‐ Asian American Studies
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2006 B.A., San Francisco State University ‐ Sociology
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Review Essays (1)

Book Reviews (2)

Public Sociology (1)