Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Sergio Chávez is an assistant professor of sociology at Rice University. He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of California Davis and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Chávez has conducted field research
in Tijuana and Guanajuato, Mexico and North Carolina on internal and international migration, labor markets, social
networks and border studies. Currently, he is completing a book
manuscript that examines the dynamic living and working strategies border migrants employ as immigration policies, border enforcement, economic restructuring, and social resources evolve in the cross-border urban environment of Tijuana. Another project (with Robin Paige) investigates the centrality of emotions in the migration process, in particular, the emotion work nonmigrating women perform to support the paid labor of their migrant spouses. His other work investigates the meaning of being a migrant 'roofero,' such as how men construct their masculine identities through their occupation, and how masculinity shapes how men perform their jobs, deal with injuries and sickness, and relate to their families in Mexico.