Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series
"Migrant Day Laborers, Neoliberalism, and the Struggle for Time"
Paul Apostolidis, Ph.D.
Professor Apostolidis is Professor and T. Paul Chair of Political Science at Whitman College, Washington.
Dr. Apostolidis’s scholarly research bridges political theory, cultural studies, and the analysis of social movements. His work investigates immigration and labor in the United States and focuses primarily on undocumented Latino day laborers, meatpacking workers, and the worker center movement.
He is currently studying political orientations and working conditions among Latin American migrant day laborers in US cities. This project is based on collaborative research with the CASA Latina (Seattle) and VOZ (Portland) workers' centers and looks at what can be learned about the current global crisis of capitalism and the prospects for opposing neoliberalism by viewing the crisis from the vantage point of day laborers. Professor Apostolidis has published widely on critical social theory, immigrant workers, feminist theory, democratic theory, and the Christian Right. His most recent book, Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America About Democracy,, explores how immigrant workers’ stories about their life experiences yield novel conceptions of racial and class domination and enable opposition to these power-formations.
Free and open to the public.