Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Jobert Poblete Humanities and Social Science

Masculine Maneuvers: Family and Profession in the Transnational Labor Market

The Philippines has become a leader in the export of nurses. Filipino nurses are leaving by the thousands every year to take positions in chronically understaffed medical facilities in the United States and around the world. This research project is concerned with this migrant flow. Specifically, I intend to conduct ethnographic research on men doctors retraining as nurses in order to gain access to the American labor market. This practice entails a variety of maneuvers gendered, professional, and transnational. Why do these men engage in this strategy of upward and outward mobility? What forces historical, political, social, etc. are structuring this phenomenon? What are the effects on family life and professional practice?

Message To Sponsor

I'm excited for the opportunity to pursue my research interests in the Philippines. This is the first time I've had the chance to independently work on my own academic research project. I've found the whole process so far, from doing the initial literature review to writing the research proposal, to be satisfying and exhilarating. I'm excited about starting work on a topic that is relevant to the experiences of my family and that is also relevant to broader national debates about immigration and globalization. I am confident that I will come out of this experience with more skills and insights than I had when I started.
Major: Anthropology
Mentor: Lawrence Cohen, Anthropology
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