Rachel Brown joins Northeastern’s WGSS program for the 2016-2017 academic year as a visiting scholar. She is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her research brings together the topics of gender, carework, and migration with research on race, labor, and citizenship in Israel/Palestine.
Brown’s interest in WGSS stems from her formal training in political science and political theory. She believes that the two fields overlap methodologically, as her field of political science allows her to look at the ways in which power relations and political constructions can be gendered, raced, and sexed. Her current project aims to answer why domestic work and other forms of gendered work are often considered to be separate from the realm of politics, and she hopes to better understand how women are differentially impacted by and connected through transnational labor markets, particularly markets for intimate labor, household labor, carework, and affective labor.
Brown’s dissertation, entitled “The Emotional Politics of Migrations: Migrant Domestic Work in Israel/Palestine,” illustrates how the migrant domestic worker/citizen-employer relationship is shaped by the transnational gendered, sexualized, and racialized division of household labor and examines the influence of racially hierarchical citizenship law, legal exceptionalism and military occupation/land dispossession on the social construction of migrant work in Israel, and the implications for transnational feminist solidarity efforts. During her time at Northeastern, she plans to develop this dissertation into a book manuscript.