Originally from Mar del Plata, Roberta Villalón was born during the last military regime in Argentina. With a genuine interest in the politics of social inequalities, Roberta has been committed to actively work for social justice within and across geographical borders. Her background in political science and international relations, together with her expertise in Latin America and Latin American immigrants, has shaped her transnational sociological perspective distinctively.
Her book, Violence Against Latina Immigrants: Citizenship, Inequality and Community (2010, NYU Press), articles like “Economics, Politics and the Menace to Battered Immigrants' Rights,” forthcoming in the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development, and "Neoliberalism, Corruption and Legacies of Contention: Argentina's Social Movements, 1993-2006,” in Latin American Perspectives (2007, 34:2), and book chapters such as “Framing Extreme Violence: Collective Memory-Making of Argentina’s Dirty War” in Inequality and the Politics of Representation: A Global Landscape edited by Celine Pascale (2012, Pine Forge/Sage), and “Accounts of Violence against Women: The Potential of Realistic Fiction,” in Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Kick Their Asses!: Feminist Perspectives on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy edited by Donna King and Carrie Smith (2012, Vanderbilt University Press), all illustrate her global feminist politics.
Currently an Associate Professor at the Sociology and Anthropology Department of St. John's University, New York City, Roberta is also affiliated with the Committee in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the Global Development and Social Justice program at the university. She is an active member of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), as Chair of the Discrimination Committee and elected Co-Chair of Academic Justice; the International Sociological Association (ISA), as a member of the Research Committees on Language and Culture, and Women in Society; the American Sociological Association (ASA), as member of the Gender and Sexualities and the Racial and Ethnic Minorities sections; and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), as a member of the Human Rights, Gender Studies and Latino Studies sections.
Currently, Roberta is working on two major projects. On the one hand, she is developing activist research on labor trafficking of Latin American migrants in the U.S. On the other hand, she is doing research on the politics of collective memory-making and justice-seeking in Latin America as the editor of a Latin American Perspectives Special Issue on the topic.
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