aMalia Pallares

Professor and Director of the Latin American and Latino Students Program

Amalia Pallares is Professor of Political Science and Latin American and Latino Studies and Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. She studies social movements, ethnicity and race in Latin America and  the United States, focusing on the connections between political activism and identity formation among recently mobilized groups. Her first book "From Peasant Struggles to Indian Resistance: the Ecuadorian Andes in the late Twentieth Century" analyzed the social, economic and political conditions that inform contemporary indigenous activism and identity in Ecuador. More recently, she has focused on immigrant activism in Chicago. She coedited "Marcha: Latino Chicago and the National Immigrant Movement (University of Illinois Press, 2010) which explored the role played by institutions, collective organizing experiences, political coalitions and public policies in shaping immigrant activism and subjectivities. Her most recent book "Family Activism: Immigrant Struggles and the Politics of Non-Citizenship” (Rutgers University Press, 2014) focuses on the different ways in which family and the family separation issue is politicized in immigrant rights struggles. Her new research projects focus on civil disobedience acts  and anti-deportation activism of undocumented immigrants. Prof. Pallares teaches courses on social movements,  Latino Politics, identity politics, social movements, race, ethnicity and politics in the Americas, Latin American Politics, comparative Politics and state theory.

Ph.D. University of Texas, 1997

Fields of Interest:
Racial and Ethnic Politics in Latin America, Comparative Politics, Latinos in the United States

Selected Publications:
Marcha: Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement. Co-authored with Nilda Flores-González. University of Illinois Press, 2010.

“Ecuadorian Immigrants and Symbolic Nationalism in Chicago.” Latino Studies Journal, November 2005.

“Entre Singapore y el Tahuantisuyo: las autonomías y el imaginario social en el Ecuador” [Between Singapore and the Tahuantisuyo: The Autonomy Struggle and the Social Imaginary  in Ecuador].Procesos2003, Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar.

From Peasant Struggles to Indian Resistance: the Ecuadorian Andes in the late Twentieth Century, University of Oklahoma Press, 2002.

“The Politicization of Latinos: Naturalization, the Vote, and Perceptions of Discrimination,” with Melissa Michelson. Aztlan,September 2002. (pp. 63-85)

Grants and Awards
Humanities Institute Fellowship, 2011-2012
IRRPP Grant, Latino Immigrant Civic Engagement Project, 2011
Great Cities Institute Fellowship, 2008-2009.
IRRPP grant for same project, 2007-2008
IGPA grant, for Immigrant Mobilization Project, 2006-2007
Fulbright Research Fellowship in Ecuador, Fall, 2002.

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