Kathleen Schwartzman

Professor, Sociology

Kathleen C Schwartzman is Professor in the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona.  Her interests include the economic and political consequences of globalization for less developed countries. She has been examining the globalization of food trade.  Her recent book The Chicken Trail: Following workers, migrants and corporations across the Americas. (Cornell Univ Press 2013) examines the intersection of NAFTA, immigration, and U.S. labor using the poultry processing industry as a case study. Currently she is researching the labor consequences of a growing global trade in garlic.

Since receiving her Ph.D. (1985, University of Chicago), Dr. Schwartzman has undertaken research on Portugal, Cuba, South Africa, Mexico, and, Brazil. In all cases, the research has explored political-economic links from global and historical perspectives. Recent work examined the effects of global financial integration of Brazilian capital markets and on Brazil’s autonomy to deal with domestic concerns. 

Research Interests:  Economic development; regional interest in Brazil, Mexico and Portugal; democratic regimes; regime transitions,  impact of state policies on socio-economic organization; problems of late dependent development; the nature of semi-peripheral development, globalization and dependency, comparative homelessness.