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Nancy Plankey-Videla

Nancy Plankey-Videla
Associate Professor
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  • Academic 323A
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Degree From
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests

  • Immigration
  • Latino/a Sociology
  • Sociology of Work
  • Gender
  • Globalization and Development
  • Latin America
  • Qualitative Methods

Courses Taught at Texas A&M

  • SOCI 314: Social Problems
  • SOCI 337: International Migration
  • SOCI 338: Latino Immigration
  • SOCI 402: Sociology of Latin America
  • SOCI 423: Globalization and Social Change
  • SOCI 424/WGST: Women and Work in Society
  • SOCI/WGST 607: Seminar in Social Organization (Gender and Work)


Born in Chile and raised in Vermont and central Mexico, Dr. Plankey-Videla’s research and teaching is informed by a global perspective on inequality and agency. Her research seeks to understand how structural inequality affects the opportunities and barriers for women workers in Latin America and Latino/a immigrants in the U.S.  Her early work links power shifts in the global economy with organizational changes within firms, explaining how these changes lead to labor resistance during a period of economic crisis. More recently, Dr. Plankey-Videla’s work with the Latino immigrant community in Texas has lead to research on the racialization of day laborers and the effects of deportation threat on families and communities.

Representative Publications

  • Nancy Plankey-Videla. 2012. We Are in This Dance Together: Gender, Power, and Globalization in a Mexican Garment Firm. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
    • Winner of the 2012 National Women’s Studies Association Sarah A. Whaley Book Prize for books on gender and labor.
    • Winner of the 2013 Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Global Division Best Book Award.
    • Focus of the 2015 Book Review Symposium of the Journal of World-Systems Research.
    • Reviewed in American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Work and Occupations, Administrative Science Quarterly, Contemporary Sociology,International Journal of Comparative Sociology and New Labor Forum.
  • Nancy Plankey-Videla. 2012. “Consent as Process: Problematizing Informed Consent in Organizational Ethnographies.” Qualitative Sociology 35(1): 1-21.
  • Nancy Plankey-Videla. 2010. “Engendering Global Studies of Women and Work.” Feminist Studies Special Issue on Feminism and Globalism 36(1): 174-193.
  • Nancy Plankey-Videla. 2006. “It Cuts Both Ways: Workers, Management and the Construction of a “Community of Fate” on the Shop Floor in a Mexican Garment Factory.” Social Forces 84(4): 2099-2120.
  • Nancy Plankey-Videla. 2006. “Gendered Contradictions: Managers and Women Workers in Self-Managed Teams.” Research in the Sociology of Work: Special Issue on Worker Participation, ed. by Vicki Smith, 16: 85-116.