Leslie Salzinger

Job title: 
Associate Professor; Chair, Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Gender and Women's Studies

Leslie Salzinger is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in sociology at UC Berkeley and previously taught in the sociology departments at the University of Chicago and Boston College. She writes and teaches on gender, capitalism, nationality and race and their ongoing co-formations. Her empirical research is ethnographic, mostly focused on Latin America, especially Mexico. Her primary research questions address the cultural constitution of economic processes and the creation of subjects within political economies.

Her award-winning first book, Genders in Production: Making Workers in Mexico’s Global Factories, analyzed the gendered dimensions of transnational production. Her current work in progress, Model Markets: Peso Dollar Exchange as a Site of Neoliberal Incorporation, analyzes peso/dollar exchange markets as crucial gendered and raced sites for Mexico’s shift from a “developing nation” to “emerging market.” Two recent publications, “Re-Marking Men: Masculinity as a Terrain of the Neoliberal Economy" and “Sexing Homo Œconomicus: Finding Masculinity at Work” explore the relationship between masculinity and neoliberalism. Professor Salzinger is affiliated with the Department of Sociology and with the Designated Emphasis Program in Critical Theory.