I studied Sociology, Political Sciences and Romance Studies (Francophone and Latin American Studies) at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, Université Lumière II, Lyon and Quito, Ecuador. Previous to my appointment in Giessen as Chair in Sociology, I was a Senior Lecturer in Transcultural Studies in the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Department at the University of Manchester, UK and an Assistant Professor (wissenschaftliche Assistentin) in Sociology in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Hamburg. I also worked as a research coordinator and lecturer at the International Women’s University (IFU) in Hanover, Germany. Further, I have been also invited to conduct master’s classes in other universities in Germany, the United States, Brazil, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Spain and Trinidad & Tobago.
My teaching and research engage with questions of global inequalities and their local articulation particularly in Germany, Spain and the UK. Further, I am interested in post/Marxist and decolonial perspectives on feminist and queer epistemology and their application to the field of migration, labour and culture. Within this context, I am interested in affective labour/materialities, institutional racism, racial capitalism and the coloniality of migration.
Currently I am the Chair of the Women and Gender Studies in the German Sociology Association, member of the Rat für Migration (Council of Migration) and the ESA (European Sociology Association) Academic Board of RN32 ‘Sociology of Migration’. Further, I am a Principal Investigator at the Graduate School of the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus-Liebig-University, a member of the advisory board of Wagadu. A journal of transnational Women and Gender Studies and the Research Group Migration and Human Rights.
2018 Antifeminism and Racism in Times of Austerity, Women’s Studies International Forum, Spring 2018, (co-edited with Heidemarie Winkel and Pinar Tuzcu).
2015 Creolizing Europe. Legacies and Transformations. Liverpool University Press.
2010 Decolonizing European Sociology – Transdisciplinary Approaches, with Manuela Boatcã and Sérgio Costa. (Farnham: Ashgate), 269 pp.
2010 Migration, Domestic Work, Affect – A Decolonial Perspective on Value and the Feminization of Labor (New York/London: Routledge), 220 pp.
1999 Intellektuelle Migrantinnen: Subjektivitäten im Zeitalter der Globalisierung/Female Intellectual Migrants: Subjectivities in the Age of Globalization, (Opladen: Leske & Budrich), 288 pp.