Dr. Gaspar Rivera-Salgado was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and received his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is currently a project director at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, where he teaches classes on work, labor, and social justice in the US and immigration issues. He also directs the Institute for Transnational Social Change.
Gaspar has previously held positions at several universities in the United States (including the University of Southern California, University of California, San Diego, and Columbia University) and was named the 1995 Visiting Professor in Development and Human Rights at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands. He currently serves as an advisor to several migrant organizations in California, including the Binational Center for Oaxacan Indigenous Development, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, and the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations. He has extensive experience as an independent consultant on transnational migration, race and ethnic relations, and diversity training for large organizations.
His most recent publications include the edited volume (with J. Fox) Indigenous Mexican Migration in the United States (University of California, San Diego, 2005); and the upcoming edited volume (with E. Telles, and M. Sawyer) Just Neighbors?: Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States (Russell Sage Foundation Press).
Janna Shadduck-Hernández’s interests lie in the intersections between labor, immigration, student and community activism, and the arts. Presently she is a project director at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education. She is also a lecturer teaching in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, César E. Chávez Chicano/a Studies Department, and the Labor and Workplace Studies Minor. She teaches Arts in Community; Labor, Social Justice, and the Arts; Immigration and the Visual Arts; Taking Action: Art and Community Change; Field Research Methods in Labor and Workplace Studies; Immigration, Labor and Higher Education; Social Movements and Labor in Los Angeles; along with other special topics courses.
For the UCLA Labor and Workplace Studies Minor course, Immigrant Rights, Labor and Higher Education, she co-edited the first student-authored publication about the experiences of undocumented students in higher education,Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Students Speak Out (2008).
Janna received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Education within the Center of International Education in 2005. Her dissertation, Here I am Now! Community Service-Learning with Immigrant and Refugee Undergraduate Students and Youth: The Use of Critical Pedagogy, Situated Learning and Funds of Knowledge, examines the experiences of immigrant and refugee undergraduate students involved in a community service-learning program that incorporated critical and culturally relevant curriculum, peer-learning approaches, and creative and artistic exploration as ways to develop alternative educational models across similar ethnocultural communities. She has published various articles on the subject including articles in Labor Studies andEthnography and Education.
Janna has also been the codirector for the UCLA Global Learning Institute Summer Session in Guanajuato, Mexico (2006, 2007, 2008) through the UCLA International Institute-Global Studies (IDP). In partnership with the Universidad de Guanajuato, she teaches a qualitative research seminar titled Globalization in Context: Research Seminar GS110A and coordinates all programmatic aspects of this five-week summer session with 20-25 UCLA students in Mexico.