Rhacel Parrenas

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Rhacel Parrenas
Rhacel Parrenas, 2002
Born (1971-02-13) February 13, 1971 (age 46)
Manila, Philippines
Occupation professor

Rhacel Salazar Parrenas (born February 13, 1971) is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at USC. Prior to working at USC, she taught at Brown University, the University of California, Davis and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research has been featured in NPR's The World, Bloomberg News, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, de Volkskrant, and the American Prospect. Parrenas has written five monographs, co-edited three anthologies, and published a number of peer reviewed articles.


Parrenas received her Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from University of California, Berkeley in 1992. Parrenas finished a Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality from UC Berkeley in 1998. Parrenas works on issues such as gender, migration, and globalization, particularly the international division of reproductive labor, also known as the care chain. Her work has inspired books and studies, including reports released by the United Nations.[1] The idea of the care chain also inspired the production of a documentary The Care Chain by VPRO-TV in the Netherlands.[2]

Notable lectures available online include a public discussion on the family with other renowned social scientists held at CUNY Graduate School[3] and a public lecture on transnational mothers that was aired on WBUR, Boston's NPR Station on October 11, 2009 and January 3, 2010.[4]


Parrenas migrated to the United States in 1983, as a daughter of political refugees.


In 2011, Parrenas wrote Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo.[5]

In 2008, she authored The Force of Domesticity: Filipina Migrants and Globalization.[6]

In 2005, she wrote Children of Global Migration: Transnational Families and Gendered Woes.[7]

In 2001, Parrenas authored Servants of Globalization: Women, Migration and Domestic Work.[8]


  • 2008 “In transnational households traditional notions of mothering and fathering are reinforced”, Interview with Rhacel Parreñas on transnational families and the gendered division of reproductive labour. In: genderstudies 13 (2008). P. 6‐7.
  • 2007 “Interview with Rhacel Salazar Parreñas,’ by E. Legerski. Social Thought and Research 28: 57‐66. DOI: 10.17161/STR.1808.5220


She has received research funding from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and National Science Foundation. She was given the honors of the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor from Northwestern University in 2010 and the Distinguished Research Professor of Gender Studies from Ochanomizu University for the 2005-2006 academic year.[9] For Illicit Flirtations, she received the 2012 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, sponsored by the American Sociological Association Labor and Labor Movements Section.[10] In 2003, Parrenas received an honorable mention in the Social Science Book Prize Category from the Association for Asian American Studies for Servants of Globalization.[11]


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