Anna Guevarra

Associate Professor and Director

Affiliated Faculty, Gender and Women's Studies and Sociology
Honors College Faculty Fellow



2003 PhD, Sociology, University of California San Francisco
1996 B.A., Women’s Studies, University of California, Irvine
1996 B.A., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine


Prof. Anna Guevarra is the Founding Director of the Global Asian Studies Program and Co-PI of the UIC AANAPISI Initiative.  Prof. Guevarra's scholarly, creative, and teaching interests focus on immigrant and transnational labor, the geopolitics of carework, critical diaspora studies, and community engagement as they relate to dynamics of race, gender, and empire. She is the author of the award-winning book, Marketing Dreams and Manufacturing Heroes: The Transnational Labor Brokering of Filipino Workers, an ethnography that narrates the multilayered racialized and gendered processes of brokering Filipino labor, the Philippines’ highly-prized “export."

Prof. Guevarra is currently working on projects that grapple with three sets of questions. One set of questions explores the intersections between migration/labor studies and science and technology studies to examine the racialized and gendered dynamics of robotic “innovation” and the blurring of the boundaries between human/non-human, illuminated through the disembodied labor/carework being simulated through sociable/personal/humanoid robots in the context of neoliberal globalization. A second set of questions focuses on racialized and gendered capital and labor, mapping the legacy of desirability/undesirability of the Filipino diaspora and their location within both contemporary discourses of il/legality and within global neoliberal constructs of “supermaids” and super-workers and the implications for global/local movement building. Another set of questions explores the relationship between diaspora and empire through a project (with Gayatri Reddy) that maps the spatial and temporal configurations of global/local foodways by using the sea as an analytic optic for tracing and mapping the diasporic currents of a confection, (bi)bingka’s, multivalent and culinary trajectories in South and Southeast Asia.

Prof. Guevarra teaches courses on Asian/Asian American Women in the Global Economy, Asian America and Transnational Feminism, and Cultural Politics of Asian American Food. Since 2012, she has co-taught (with Gayatri Reddy) a study abroad course on "Labor, Gender, Food, and Social Justice" in India.

Selected Publications

"The Legacy of Undesirability: Filipino TNTs, “Irregular Migrants,” and “Outlaws” in the US Cultural Imaginary.” In Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora (eds by Martin F. Manalansan and Augusto Espiritu, NYU Press, pp. 355-374)

2015. “Techno-Modeling Care: Racial Branding, Dis/embodied Labor  and “Cybraceros” in Korea, Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies 36(3): 139-159 (Special Issue on Transnational Feminism)

“Supermaids: The Racial Branding of Global Filipino Care Labour," book chapter in Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy, and Politics, edited by Bridget Anderson and Isabel Shutes, pp. 130-150, Palgrave Macmillan.

2013Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age (co-edited with Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, Maura Toro-Morn, and Grace Chang). University of Illinois Press.

2013. “The Public Manager,” book chapter in Figures of Southeast Asia Modernity, edited by Joshua Barker, Erik Harms, and Johan Lindquist; University of Hawai’i Press.

2010. Marketing dreams, Manufacturing heroes: The transnational labor brokering of Filipino workers (Rutgers University Press)

2006. (October). The Balikbayan Researcher: Negotiating vulnerability in fieldwork with Filipino labor brokers. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 35(5): 526-551.

2006. (September). Managing “vulnerabilities” and “empowering” migrant Filipina workers: The Philippines’ overseas employment program. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture, 12(5):523-541.

Honors and Awards

2016-2017: Curriculum Instructional Grant Award, UIC, for the project, "Mapping Global Asia in Chicago" (Co-PI, Gayatri Reddy)
Policy and Social Engagement Fellowship Award, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP); collaboration with Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE)
LAS Dean’s Award for Faculty Research in the Humanities (Co-PI,
Gayatri Reddy)
Teaching Recognition Award, Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Chicago
2011-2012: Faculty Fellow, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP), University of Illinois at Chicago
2011: Honorable Mention, American Sociological Association’s Asia and Asian America Section’s Book Award (Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes: The Transnational Labor Brokering of Filipino Workers, 2010, Rutgers University Press)
2010: American Sociological Association’s Race, Class, and Gender Section’s Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award (Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes: The Transnational Labor Brokering of Filipino Workers, 2010, Rutgers University Press)
2010: Tanglaw Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education, Gintong Pamana (“Golden Legacy”) Awards Foundation
2009: R. Stephen Warner Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Dept. of Sociology, UIC
2001-2002: U.S. Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Scholar to the Philippines (De La Salle University)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

Executive Board Member, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP), UIC
Senator and Member, Senate Educational Policy Committee, UIC
Editorial Board Member, Critical Sociology
Editorial Board Member, Amerasia Journal: Asian American/Pacific Islander/Transcultural Societies
Advisory Board Member, Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), Chicago, Illinois
Advisory Board Member, CIRCA-Pintig, Chicago, Illinois
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