Natascia Boeri is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bloomfield College in New Jersey. She received her PhD in Sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in September 2016. Her interests include gender, globalization, the informal economy, and international development (particularly non-governmental organizations, or NGOs).
Her dissertation, “Boundaries of Home and Work: Social Reproduction and Home-Based Workers in India,” examined the changing dynamics of women’s societal roles as a result of their participation in the informal economy. Focusing on the experiences of home-based workers, her research asks how new forms of production created by contemporary capitalism are changing previous understandings of the division of productive and social reproductive labor, and the consequences of this for labor organizing. She employs a range of qualitative methods in her research, including interviews, spatial analysis, and multi-media content analysis. Her research was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, and she was an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellow for 2015-2016.
Natascia conducted her research with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in Ahmedabad, India, one of the first labor unions for women in the informal economy. She has also collaborated with SEWA to expand its Community IT Centers.