Leslie Salzinger

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Associate Professor
Research Interests: 
Gender/feminist theory, econonomic sociology/political economy, finance, ethnographic methods.
616 Barrows Hall

Leslie Salzinger is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies. She got her PhD in Sociology at UC Berkeley and previously taught in the sociology departments at the University of Chicago and and Boston College. She is an ethnographer, focused on gender, feminist theory, economic sociology, and neoliberalism. Much of her research has focused on Latin America. Her primary theoretical interests lie in the cultural constitution of economic processes, and in the creation of subjectivities within political economies. Her award-winning first book, Genders in Production: Making Workers in Mexico's Global Factories (http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9001.html), analyzed the gendered dimensions of transnational production. Her current work in progress, Model Markets: Peso Dollar Exchange as a Site of Neoliberal Incorporation, analyzes peso/dollar exchange markets as crucial gendered and raced sites for Mexico's shift from "developing nation" to "emerging market." Her work on the role of masculinity in the evolution of contemporary global capitalism across sites from both projects is encapsulated in the 2016 essay "Re-Marking Men: Masculinity as a Terrain of the Neoliberal Economy" (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5yi_JsZrcFWMFp5dERMcXNzQWM/view). In addition to the Sociology Department, Professor Salzinger is affiliated with Berkeley's Program in Critical Theory.