Anna Guevarra, PhD

Prof. A. Guevarra

Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Professor,
Sociology & Asian American Studies

PhD, University of California, San Francisco, 2003

Office: 4125 BSB (MC 312) Phone: 312-996-5904
E-mail: guevarra [at] uic [dot] edu


About Dr. Anna Guevarra

Anna Guevarra is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work combines qualitative and ethnographic methods in focusing on immigrant and transnational labor, the Filipino labor diaspora, and Asian and Asian American women in the global economy. She has published in interdisciplinary journals like Social Identities: Journal of Race, Nation, and Culture and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. She is the author of Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes: The Transnational Labor Brokering of Filipino Workers, published by Rutgers University Press in 2010. The book examines the multilayered process of brokering Filipino labor, the Philippines’ highly-prized export, culled from interviews with Filipino nurses and domestic workers. This book is the Winner of the 2010 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Race, Class, and Gender Section. Dr. Guevarra is also the recipient of the 2010 Tanglaw Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education, which is a national award given to Filipino Americans by the Gintong Pamana (Golden Legacy) Awards Foundation. Prior to coming to UIC, she taught at Arizona State University from 2004-07. She also served as a former Fulbright Scholar and visiting researcher at De La Salle University’s Social Development Research Center in the Philippines and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California Institute for Labor and Employment (ILE) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her projects have been funded by various agencies, including the Ford Foundation, of which she serves as a Co-PI on a two-year funded project that examines the impact of low wage labor markets on Asian and Latina immigrant women in the U.S. Dr. Guevarra also serves on professional and community advisory boards, including the Carework Network, an international organization of researchers, policymakers, and advocates involved in various domains of carework and CIRCA-Pintig, a community arts organization dedicated to the development and popularization of community arts that speak of the U.S. immigrant experience. Dr. Guevarra’s current projects includes community-based partnerships with organizations like the Pilipino Worker Center in Los Angeles where they are examining the working conditions of Filipino immigrant caregivers in the context of the growing informalization of the home care industry. Another project she isdeveloping is with CIRCA-Pintig and the Alliance for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), which will examine the community engagement and civic participation of Filipinos in Chicago.

*Selected Publications


Marketing dreams, manufacturing heroes: the transnational labor brokering of Filipino workers