I am an anthropologist and associate professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. I teach courses at the graduate level on Cultures of Development, Migration, and Qualitative Research Methodologies. I also teach Illicit Markets and Human Dimensions of Globalization at the undergraduate level. I have been working in Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala since 2005. My book, Contraband Corridor: Making a Living at the Mexico-Guatemala Border, was published by Stanford University Press in 2018. The book details how border residents navigate the border, and justify commodity smuggling, in the context of the increasing securitization of the region and criminalization of mobility. The Spanish translation of the book: La Cadena: Vida y Negocio en el Límite entre México y Guatemala is forthcoming to be released by UNAM-CIMSUR in spring of 2021.
Since 2012, I have also been leading the DU Just Wages Project, which is the subject of my current book project: Unjust Wages: Day Laborers and Advocates Fighting Wage Theft from a Mile High. The DU Just Wages project is a mixed-methods multi-year project to study immigrant day laborers' experiences with wage theft in Colorado, as well as advocates attempts to assist workers and shift the policy climate. This project has been pursued in close coordination with community partners including El Centro Humanitario, Towards Justice, the Workplace Rights Project, the Wage Theft Direct Action Team, and the Colorado Wage Theft Task Force. Over 70 Korbel students have participated on the project as research assistants, surveyors, outreach workers, as volunteers on wage theft cases, or through my Qualitative Methods course.
I am a past co-director and faculty affiliate of the Korbel Latin America Center and supervise the DU Immigrant and Refugee Rights Colectivo, to connect DU and the community through research, service, and advocacy on issues related to immigrants and refugees. You can get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also the current co-director of the new DU Center for Immigration Research and Policy (DU CIPR) with Lisa Martínez (DU Sociology).
Please see website for the DU Just Wages Project
The DU Just Wages Project Blog to learn about the project and student researchers: https://dujustwagesproject.wordpress.com/
And Facebook page
Check out my TedxMileHigh talk on wage theft now featured on the main page of Ted.com: https://www.ted.com/talks/rebecca_galemba_how_employers_steal_from_workers_and_get_away_with_it_sep_2021
My book: Contraband Corridor: Making a Living at the Mexico-Guatemala Border. Stanford University Press. Dec. 2017
New article on impacts of immigrant duration on day laborers' exposure to wage theft, work, and income with Randall Kuhn in International Migration Review. 2021.
New op-ed on where Biden's immigration plan can better support workers in Law360.
New article on wage theft and the criminalization of low-wage immigrant workers in the European Journal on Criminal Policy & Research. 2021.
New article on migrants' journeys at the Mexico-Guatemala border in Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. 2021
White Paper on wage theft for the City of Denver with David Seligman from Towards Justice and Southwest Carpenters. March 2018
DU Email: Rebecca.Galemba@du.edu
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2201 S. Gaylord St. Denver, CO 80208
Immigration, Borders, and Latinos in the U.S.
Ethnographic Methods and Community Engaged Research
Informal and Illicit Economies
INTS 4521: International Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Winter 2017)
Qualitative Research Methodologies (Spring 2017)
INTS 3014: Illicit Markets (Spring 2017)