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Patricia Fernandez-Kelly

  • Sociology
Position: Faculty Associate
Title: Senior Lecturer in Sociology.
Office: 255 Wallace Hall
Phone: 609-258-2237
Patricia Fernandez-Kelly

Faculty Associates


Patricia Fernández-Kelly (Ph.D., Rutgers University) holds a joint position as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and as a Research Associate in the Office of Population Research. Her field of interest is international development with an emphasis on immigration, race, ethnicity, and gender. She is the author of For We Are Sold, I and My People: Women and Industry in Mexico's Frontier, listed as a favorite title by Contemporary Sociology, a book which has never gone out of print since 1983 when it was first published. With filmmaker Lorraine Gray, she produced the Emmy-Award winning documentary “The Global Assembly Line,” which focuses on the effects of economic globalization on working women and their families in the Philippines, Mexico, and the U.S. Her latest books (edited with Jon Shefner, University of Tennessee) are Out of the Shadows: Political Action and Informal Economy in Latin America (Penn State University Press 2006) and NAFTA and Beyond: Alternative Perspectives in Global Trade and Development (Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2007. She teaches “God of Many Faces: Comparative Perspectives in Migration and Religion,” a course developed under the sponsorship of the Center for the Study of Religion. In 2007, she was the conference organizer for the Center for the Study of Religion’s conference on “The Good Samaritan in the Global Age: Migration, Religion, and the World Economy”. Her article, “The Moral Universe of Fabian Garramon: Religion and the Divided Self among Second Generation Immigrants in the U.S." is under review for publication.