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Xóchitl Bada, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies

University of Illinois at Chicago

Born in 1972 in Veracruz, Mexico
Studied International Relations at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Political Science at The New School for Social Research, New York; Social Sciences at The University of Chicago; and Sociology at the University of Notre Dame


Transnational Approaches to Immigrant Labor Rights Advocacy

As migrant populations across the globe continue to cross borders and immigrant communities become established with and without documentation, both origin and destination countries are now involved in managing immigrants. State and local governments frequently enact domestic laws expanding or contracting immigrant rights. Consequently, in the last 30 years, immigrant advocacy organizations have demanded protections in various areas, including employment, health, and education. The strategies these organizations employ transcend the geographical container of states as they push government bureaucracies to be accountable to the needs of these populations. The relationships these organizations establish on various government scales in the countries of origin and reception to challenge systems of governance are not well understood.
Taking Mexico and the United States as entry points and using a comparative frame, this project addresses empirical case studies ranging from domestic labor rights enforcement practices to transnational labor advocacy. I analyze support and pressure tactics in transnational migrant civil society organizations and how these practices are constituted on different scales, ranging from the local to the transnational. The study design offers equal importance to government bureaucracies, subnational diplomacy, worker centers, labor unions, and other migrant-serving nonprofits. By focusing on the strategies that these organizations pursue to expand their influence across borders, I question the meaning of associating effective communicative power with civil society forums that do not necessarily correlate with sovereign states. I aim to identify challenges arising from transnational public spheres with distinctive institutional actors in labor rights arenas in which the interlocutors are not fellow members of a political community, but are constantly attempting to gain equal rights.

Recommended Reading

Bada, Xóchitl and Shannon Gleeson, eds. Accountability Across Borders: Migrant Rights in North America. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2019.
Feldmann, Andreas E., Xóchitl Bada, and Stephanie Schütze, eds. New Migration Patterns in the Americas: Challenges for the 21st Century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
de Graauw, Els, Shannon Gleeson and Xóchitl Bada. "Local Context and Labour-Community Immigrant Rights Coalitions: A Comparison of San Francisco, Chicago, and Houston." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 28 January 2019. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1556454.

Publikationen aus der Fellowbibliothek

Bada, Xóchitl ( Dordrecht [u.a.], 2019)
Institutionalizing a binational enforcement strategy for migrant worker rights

Bada, Xóchitl ( Abingdon [u.a.], 2019)
Local context and labour-community immigrant rights coalitions : a comparison of San Francisco, Chicago, and Houston

Bada, Xóchitl ( Cham, 2019)
New migration patterns in the Americas : challenges for the 21st century

Bada, Xóchitl ( Austin, 2019)
Accountability across borders : migrant rights in North America

Bada, Xóchitl ( 2018)
Union organizing, advocacy, the services and the nexus of immigrant and labor rights

Bada, Xóchitl ( Champaign, IL, 2018)
No one size fits all : worker organization, policy, and movement in a new economic age Labor and Employment Relations Association series

Bada, Xóchitl ( Oxford, 2017)
Mexico’s Michoacán state : mixed migration flows and transnational links

Bada, Xóchitl ( Zamora, Michoacán, 2017)
Asociaciones de oriundos mexicanos en "Chicagoacán" : del compromiso cívico local a la acción trasnacional Mexican hometown associations in Chicagoacán

Bada, Xóchitl ( Urbana, Ill., 2017)
Immigration to the United States in the post-civil rights years

Bada, Xóchitl ( Urbana, Illinois, 2017)
Jobs and the labor force of tomorrow : migration, training, and education The urban agenda