Cinzia Solari

Researcher Position: 
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Researcher Institution: 
University of Massachusetts Boston
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About Researcher : 
Cinzia Solari is author of On the Shoulders of Grandmothers: Gender, Migration, and Post-Soviet Nation-State Building (Routledge 2018). This feminist, global ethnography uncovers a unique migration of middle-aged women, most grandmothers. Through 160 interviews and ethnographic work with migrant grandmothers in Italy and the United States and their adult children in Ukraine, this book shows that post-Soviet Ukrainian nation-state-building is occurring transnationally. By comparing the experiences of individual migrants in two different transnational social fields—one a post-Soviet exile of individual women to Italy, the “gulag”, and the other an exodus of families to the United States, “The Promised Land”—Solari exposes the production of new gendered capitalist economics and nationalisms that precariously place Ukraine between Europe and Russia with implications for the global world order.
Dr. Solari is currently studying the intersections of the domestic workers and youth immigrant rights movements. She earned her PhD from UC Berkeley and is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at UMass Boston.

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