Rhacel Parrenas

Expert in feminism, family, migration and Asian American studies

Chair and Professor, Department of Sociology

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • gender
  • feminist theory
  • migration
  • families
  • intimacy
  • economic globalization
  • women and work
  • Asian American studies
  • the Philippines and Southeast Asia

Additional Information

  • Co-editor of three anthologies
  • Author of four monographs and numerous peer-reviewed articles
  • Recipient of research funding from Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and National Science Foundation
  • North America Regional Editor, Women’s Studies International Forum
  • Recipient: American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarly Book Award in Area of Labor or Labor Movements, 2012; 2008 Association for Asian American Studies Social Science Book Award
  • Holder: Residency at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 2010-2011; Rockefeller Residential Fellowship — University of Hawaii, Spring 2005; Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-2002; National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1994-1997
  • Member: Association for Asian American Studies, American Sociological Association, American Studies Association, Sociologists for Women in Society


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