Molly Doane

    Email Address: mdoane@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Anthropology
    Secondary Department: Latin American and Latino Studies
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: 3148C BSB Phone: 413-0653
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    I am currently seeking research assistants for two projects.

    The first research project concerns the production and consumption of ethical commodities such as fair trade coffee and organic foods. I am interested in how producers of fair trade and organic foods link farming projects to broader aspirations and agendas for social change; and how people who consume these products understand the purposes of ethical consumption. My research takes place in Mexico and the United States.

    The second project is supervised primarily by a PHD student. It examines the activities of organized Nicaraguan women migrants in Costa Rica and family members of migrants in Nicaragua. It explores women’s life histories; their expectations in deciding to migrate (or deciding to send a family member); how their experiences once abroad, or once a family members is abroad contradict their expectations. Although ostensibly an immigrant right’s movement/organization, what other events and day-to-day experiences shape women’s decision to migrate and interest in organizing? What are their principle concerns? Why are women at the forefront of organizing efforts among migrants and family members of migrants? How are individual, gendered bodies, families and communities points of dispossession?

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 7

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Preferred major in Anthropology, Latin American and Latino Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, or related field. Spanish fluency preferred, including excellent written Spanish. Experience in transcription is welcome, but not necessary. Students should have excellent writing and reading skills.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Activities include transcription of qualitative, in depth-interviews. Possibly general coding. Students will have opportunity to be mentored in presenting research poster or other presentation. Transcription software will be provided during research period, possibly a foot pedal.

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