Anna Guevarra

Associate Professor, Asian American Studies

Joint Appointments: Sociology and Affiliated Faculty of Gender and Women's Studies

Research Interests: Immigrant and transnational labor; Filipino diaspora, feminist politics/ practice and movement building, and feminist ethnographic methods.

Recent Courses: 

  • Asian/Asian American Women in the Global Economy (SOC/ASAM/GWS 428)
  • Sociology of Asia and Asian Americans (SOC/ASAM/ASST 228) 

Bio: Anna Guevarra (PhD, Sociology, University of California San Francisco, 2003)is an interdisciplinary scholar who received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco (2003). She is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies with courtesy appointments in Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.She has published in interdisciplinary journals like Social Identities: Journal of Race, Nation, and Culture and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. She is the author Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes: The Transnational Labor Brokering of Filipino Workers, published by Rutgers University Press in 2010. The book examines the multilayered process of brokering Filipino labor, the Philippines’ highly-prized export, culled from interviews with Filipino nurses and domestic workers. This book is the Winner of the 2010 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Race, Class, and Gender Section and also received an Honorable Mention Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Asia and Asian America Section in 2011. Dr. Guevarra is also the recipient of the 2010 Tanglaw Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education, which is a national award given to Filipino Americans by the Gintong Pamana (Golden Legacy) Awards Foundation. Prior to coming to UIC, she taught at Arizona State University from 2004-07. She also served as a former Fulbright Scholar and visiting researcher at De La Salle University’s Social Development Research Center in the Philippines and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California Institute for Labor and Employment (ILE) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her projects have been funded by various agencies, including the Ford Foundation, of which she served as a Co-PI on a two-year funded project that examines the impact of low wage labor markets on Asian and Latina immigrant women in the U.S. Dr. Guevarra also serves on community advisory boards, including CIRCA-Pintig, a community arts organization dedicated to the development and popularization of community arts that speak of the U.S. immigrant experience and the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE). She is currently working on three projects: First, Crossing Borders, Ethnographic Responsibility, and Transnational Feminist Politics is a project that explores questions around the nature of transnational feminism and “political quilting” and their relationship to and implications on producing activist and anti-oppressive scholarship. Second, the Civic Engagement of Filipinos in Chicago is a project that examines and maps factors that affect Filipino’s civic and community participation through the development and use of collective historicizing methodologies in collaboration with two Chicago- based community organizations, the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) and the Center for Immigrant Resources and Community Arts (CIRCA)-Pintig. Third, the Philippines’ Super Maid project examines the professionalization of “low-skilled” women labor migrants as the state’s attempt to build its global comparative advantage as a provider of domestic labor. She teaches courses on the Sociology of Asia and Asian Americans, Asian/Asian American Women in the Global Economy, Asian America and Transnational Feminism, and the Cultural Politics of Asian American Food.

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Office in Asian American Studies: 813 UH