Rachel Brickner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Politics

Phone: (902) 585-1349
Email: rachel.brickner@acadiau.ca

Research Interests

My research focuses on the development of citizenship in politically and economically transitioning societies, both in terms of the way that citizenship is conceived and how civil societies mobilize in support of new forms and content of citizenship. In particular, my current research focuses on working women’s mobilization for a new understanding of citizenship in Mexico that redefines citizenship in a gender-inclusive way and that responds to changing economic dynamics.

This research is a continuation of fieldwork done for my Ph.D. dissertation, which was an examination of union women’s activism in Mexico City toward promoting three different levels of women workers’ citizenship: the individual women’s consciousness of themselves as citizens, union policies promoting gender equality, and a gendered revision of the Federal Labour Law.

Moving forward toward publication of this work, I am reframing this activism in the context of two overwhelming tensions: the tension of democratization in a climate of economic globalization and the tension between mobilization on the basis of class-based identity in the context of new social movements.

Other areas of research interest include women’s use of new media in promoting citizenship, and the implications of women’s migration to the US and Canada on the objectives of the women’s movement in those countries.

Selected Publications

2006. "Mexican Union Women and the Social Construction of Women’s Labor Rights." Latin American Perspectives 33(6): 55-74.

2006. "Assessing Fujimori’s Peru." [Review of Catherine M. Conaghan’s Fujimori’s Peru: Deception in the Public Sphere], Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 7(2): 160-65.

Forthcoming. "Opening Global Politics: A New Introduction." International Studies Perspectives (with Geoffrey Whitehall).