|Dates||Departure from U.S.:||Sun., July 2, 2017|
|Arrival:||Sun., July 2, 2017|
|Mandatory Orientation:||Mon., July 3, 2017|
|First Day of Class:||Mon., July 3, 2017|
|Last Day of Class:||Fri., Aug. 4, 2017|
|Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
|Sat., Aug. 5, 2017|
Oaxaca, Mexico is an ideal site through which to understand the interrelated phenomena of immigration, globalization and development. As one of Mexico's poorest regions, Oaxaca has been hard-hit by economic restructuring, driving many people from the area to migrate to the United States, particularly to California. During this program, we will gain an on-the-ground look at the complexity and contradictions of globalization and migration, as they affect these transnational communities. The site of Oaxaca will be integral to the course material, as described in the course syllabi on this site and the excursion descriptions, and we will visit and speak with people ranging from women of a migrant-sending village to coffee growers and local activists. We will use dialogues and interviews with both NGOs and residents in the area to understand how people are directly impacted by issues of globalization, as well as by immigration between Oaxaca and the United States, particularly our own home of Southern California.
The ability to speak Spanish is not necessary, but any Spanish ability will help you to integrate and communicate with local residents. An interest in globalization, development, and migration is required!
Abigail Andrews is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies and Planning at the University of California, San Diego, who earned her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico and their migrants in California. In particular, she is interested in the power dynamics and political struggles that arise on both sides of the border, in the context of migration. Her current book project examines how contemporary US practices of immigrant exclusion, particularly in Southern California, shape transnational politics and reshape gender relationships.
Professor Andrews has done research in Southern Mexico for more than a decade, run service-learning programs in rural communities in the Mexico focused on health, gender, and community development, and has lived and done public service work throughout Latin America. Her research ties Oaxaca, Mexico - and issues related to globalization and economic development - to the flow of migration from Mexico to the US, particularly to Southern California. During this course, Dr. Andrews will draw on her area knowledge to build a rich program in which students can learn about globalization, development, and immigration, as well as how these issues are tied together, at a core site where this is happening on the ground.