Intersectional Histories, Overdetermined Fortunes: Understanding Mexican and U.S. Domestic Worker Movements

Chris Tilly

February 6, 2019

Mural painting that reads Respect the work, Domestic workers united, and that makes all other work possible

Event Description

What determines whether movements of informal workers succeed or fail? Using cases of domestic-worker movements in Mexico and the United States, Chris Tilly compares the historical changes and cross-national contrasts between the two movements, drawing conclusions about informal-worker organizing and its potential for social change.


Chris Tilly is a professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. He formerly served as Chair of the Board at Grassroots International, and editor of Dollars and Sense, a popular economics magazine. His research involves issues of community development, labor, and employment.

Professor Tilly will be joined by discussants Catherine Fisk and Leslie Salzinger.

Catherine Fisk is the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law at the Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches Labor Law, Employment Law, and Employment Discrimination, along with Civil Procedure, First Amendment, and Legal Profession.

Leslie Salzinger, an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley, is an ethnographer focused on gender, feminist theory, economic sociology, neoliberalism, and Latin America.


This event is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Center for Research on Social Change, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Latinx Research Center/Center for Latino Policy Research, and Sociology Department.