Guevarra-bio-gws - University of Illinois at Chicago

Anna Guevarra is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work combines qualitative and
ethnographic methods in focusing on immigrant and transnational labor, the Filipino
labor diaspora, and Asian and Asian American women in the global economy. 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 of 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. 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 serves 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 professional and community advisory boards, including the Carework Network,
an international organization of researchers, policymakers, and advocates involved in
various domains of carework and CIRCA-Pintig, a community arts organization
dedicated to the development and popularization of community arts that speak of the U.S.
immigrant experience. Dr. Guevarra’s current projects includes community-based
partnerships with organizations like the Pilipino Worker Center in Los Angeles where
they are examining the working conditions of Filipino immigrant caregivers in the
context of the growing informalization of the home care industry. Another project she
isdeveloping is with CIRCA-Pintig and the Alliance for Immigrant Rights and
Empowerment (AFIRE), which will examine the community engagement and civic
participation of Filipinos in Chicago.