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Silvia López Estrada

Professor in the department of population studies, Colegio de la Frontera Norte

Residency:September 2018 – May 2019

Research Project:Mexican Transborder Care Workers in the Tijuana-San Diego Region: A Profession of Life at the Intersection of Gender, Welfare and Migration

Research Interests:work, family and gender; work, gender and space, public policies and gender, care work and public policies, gender violence


Silvia López holds a Ph.D. in sociology by the City University of New York, Graduate Center. Her research analyzes the transborder care work that Mexican women residents of Tijuana do for families living in the San Diego area, at the intersection of gender, migration and welfare dynamics.

From a standpoint of labor migration, care and gender studies, the research analyzes the ways Mexican women at cross borders are transforming the sector of care services through their work experiences by focusing on the labor dimensions of transborder care work as informal activity, as well as caregiving as process and practice. From a critical standpoint, the research also examines the women workers meanings of care work and the value that they and their employers place on this activity. López´s research is based on fieldwork conducted in the binational region Tijuana-San Diego, where she is planning to interview women transborder careworkers.