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Leila Rodriguez

Title: Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office: 450 Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-5783
Email: leila.rodriguez@uc.edu
Web: www.leilarodriguez.com

I am a cultural anthropologist and demographer who researches the relationship between socioeconomic inequalitites and international migration, from the perspectives of both sending and receiving communities. 

I also study the use of cultural expert witnesses in legal proceedings in the U.S. and Latin America as a mechanism for improving minority populations' access to justice. 

Ultimately, my goal is but a single one: to contribute, through sound empirical and ethnographic research, to a better understanding and management of international migration and cultural diversity.

Regional interests: Latin America, Africa, U.S.
 

Education

  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 2009 (Anthropology and Demography).
  • MA, Pennsylvania State University, 2004 (Anthropology and Demography).
  • BA, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2002 (Anthropology).

Research Information

Research Support

  • Wenner-Gren Foundation Workshop Grant. Theory, Epistemology, and Ethics of Anthropological Cultural Expertise in the Americas. . 2015.
  • University of Cincinnati Taft Research Center Research Collaborations grant. Respondent-Driven Sampling for Migrant Populations . 2014.
  • University of Cincinnati Taft Research Center Research Collaborations grant. Respondent-Driven Sampling for Migrant Populations . 2014.
  • (with Dr. Littisha Bates) University of Cincinnati Taft Research Center Faculty Research grant. Measuring Parental Involvement among Migration Populations . 2014.
  • University of Cincinnati Taft Research Center Global Studies Research Group grant. Measuring the Role of Social Networks on the Incorporation and Socioeconomic Mobility of Latin American Immigrants in Cincinnati: A Pilot Study. 2014.
  • Rural Production, Cooperativism and Migration in Costa Rica, UC Taft Research Center Travel for Research Grant. . 2012.
  • Event History Analyses of Latin American Migration, UC Taft Research Center Travel for Research Grant. . 2011.
  • University of Cincinnati Taft Research Center Research Collaborations grant. Project: Respondent-Driven Sampling for Migrant Populations . 2011.
  • Accumulation, Inequality and Migration in a Costa Rican Community, UC Taft Research Center Faculty Summer Fellowship. . 2010.
  • Accumulation, Inequality and Migration in a Costa Rican Community., UC University Research Council Faculty Research Grant. . 2010.
  • Economic Adaptation and the Self-Employment Experience of Nigerian Immigrants in New York City., National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant. . 2007.
  • Economic Adaptation and the Self-Exployment Experience of Nigerian Immigrants in New York City. , Pennsylvania State University Research and Graduate Studies Office Grant. . 2006.
  • Economic Adaptation and the Self-Employment Experience of Nigerian Immigrants in New York City., Pennsylvania State University Africana Research Center Grant. . 2005.
  • Pennsylvania State University Department of Anthropology Hill Fellowship. Adaptation and the Self-Exployment Experience of Nigerian Immigrants in New York City.. 2005.
  • Social Networks of Russian Immigrants in Costa Rica. , National Science Foundation Research Experience for Graduate Students Grant. . 2003.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • 2016. Rodriguez, Leila. Maximizing Social Proximity in Market Relations: The Networks of Nigerian Immigrant Business Owners in New York City. Research in Economic Anthropology. 36:117-140
  • 2016. Rodríguez, Leila. Valorizando los Efectos de las Emigraciones y las Remesas: Una Comunidad Costarricense Ante la (Re)Estructuración de Jerarquías de Género y Clas. Cuadernos de Antropología 26(1)7-16
  • (accepted) Casanova, Erynn Masi and Leila Rodriguez. Informed but Uninsured: Labor Conditions and Social Protection Among Domestic Workers in Guayaquil. Latin American Perspectives
  • 2014. Rodriguez, Leila.  "A Cultural Anthropologist as Expert Witness: A Lesson in Asking and Answering the Right Questions". Practicing Anthropologist 36(3)6-10
  • 2014. Rodriguez, Leila. The Transnational Political Participation of Nigerian Immigrants: Motivations, Means and Constraints. Journal of International and Global Studies 6(1)50-71
  • 2013. Rodriguez, Leila.  "Las prácticas empresariales de los inmigrantes nigerianos en Nueva York: Estructura, agencia y cambio y continuación cultural” Revista Comunicación, Política y Cultura 4(1)127-145
  • 2011. Rodriguez, Leila.   "A Note on Social Obligations, Accumulation and the Anti-Cyclical Property of Immigrant Remittances" International Journal of Humanities and Social Science 1(10)
  • 2008. Cohen, Jeffrey, and Leila Rodriguez and Margaret Fox.  "Gender and Migration in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca." International Migration 46(1): 79-101.
  • 2008. Rodriguez, Leila. "Flujos Migratorios y Contextos de Recepción: Guatemaltecos en Cuatro Destinos." Revista Centroamericana de Ciencias Sociales 5(1): 5-42.
  • 2006. Jensen, Leif, Jeffrey H. Cohen, Jacqueline Almeida Toribio, Gordon F. DeJong, and Leila Rodriguez.  "Ethnic Identities, Language, and Economic Outcomes of Dominicans in Reading, Pennsylvania: a Research Note." Social Science Quarterly 87(5): 1088-1099.
  • 2005. Rodriguez, Leila and Jeffrey H. Cohen. "Generations and Motivations: Russian and Other Former Soviet Immigrants in Costa Rica." International Migration 43(4): 147-165.
  • 2005. Cohen, Jeffrey H. and Leila Rodriguez. "Remittance Outcomes in Rural Oaxaca, Mexico: Challenges, Options and Opportunities for Migrant Households." Population, Space and Place 11(1): 49-63.
  • 2016. Rodriguez, Leila. Alcance Teórico y Práctico del Transnacionalismo: La Participación Política de los Inmigrantes Nigerianos en la Ciudad de Nueva York. Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana 47:45-58
  • (accepted) Rodriguez, Leila "Introduction to the Special Issue: Convergences, Challenges, and Future Directions in the Use of Cultural Expert Evidence in Legal Proceedings" Studies in Law, Politics and Society

Book Chapter

  • 2014. Guri Tyldum, Leila Rodriguez, Ingunn Bjorkhaug and Anna Wojtynska.  The Use of Incentives in RDS. In: Lisa Johnston and Guri Tyldum (eds). Applying Respondent-Driven Sampling to Immigrant Populations. Lessons from the Field. UK: Palgrave Pivot 
  • 2014.  Lisa Johnston and Leila Rodriguez. Estimating Personal-Network Size in RDS. In: Lisa Johnston and Guri Tyldum (eds). Applying Respondent-Driven Sampling to Immigrant Populations. Lessons from the Field. UK: Palgrave Pivot
  • 2014. Leila Rodriguez.  "La Emigración de Costarricenses al Exterior: Cifras, Características e Importancia para el Desarrollo del País" In: Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos (ed). Costa Rica a la Luz del Censo 2011. San José, Costa Rica, pp.281-306
  • 2006. Cohen, Jeffrey H, and Rodríguez, Leila.  "Comunidad, Economía y Cambio Social en Oaxaca, México: vida rural y lógica de cooperación en la economía global." in México en Transición: globalismo neoliberal, Estado y sociedad civil., edited by Otero, Gerardo.
  • 2005. Cohen, Jeffrey H., and Rodríguez, Leila.  "Consecuencias de las remesas en las zonas rurales de Oaxaca, México: retos, opciones, y oportunidades para los hogares de emigrantes." in Migración Internacional y Remesas en México, edited by Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Empresariales Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2006 to 2009, Graduate Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University.
  • 2005 to 2005, Social Science Analyst, Population Dynamics Branch (formerly DBSB), National Institutes of Health.
  • 2013 to 2013, Expert Witness, Kentucky Public Defenders.
  • 2002 to 2002, Research Assistant, Central American Population Center, University of Costa Rica.

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 1001: Cultural Anthropology

  • ANTH 3065: Anthropology of International Migration

  • ANTH 7065: Global Trends in International Migration

  • ANTH 7000: Fundamentals of Anthropology

  • ANTH 4070: Economic Anthropology

  • ANTH3067: Demographic Anthropology

  • ANTH2066: Anthropology of Global Problems

  • ANTH4074: Anthropology and Development