• My new book is coming out in less than a month!

    Order now!  I’m pleased to announce that my latest book is coming out in just a few short weeks. Please watch out for book events near you.  

  • Fly Pinay Leadership Summit

    I had the honor of serving as the keynote speaker for the Fly Pinay Leadership Summit which took place on March 11, 2017. It was organized by L.E.A.D. Filipino based in San Jose, CA. The title of my talk was,  “Breaking the Code by Being Fly Pinays.”    

  • UNC-Charlotte Lecture on Forthcoming Book

    This is the last lecture I gave on book manuscript before finally submitting the final draft to my editor. Here’s the abstract: Home to Ellis Island, the state of New Jersey has been the first stop for many new immigrants for over a century. Paradoxically, in this diverse state so central to American immigration history, […]

  • Book launch April 12, 2014, San Francisco Public Library

    I’m excited to announce the launch of my second book, co-authored with my colleague Pawan Dhingra at the San Francisco Public Library on April 12, 2014. It will be held at the Koret Auditorium.    

  • Barnard College, Columbia University

    The Politics of Emigration: The Philippine Case TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013 6 PM SULZBERGER PARLOR, 3RD FLOOR BARNARD HALL Robyn Rodriguez presents research from her recent book, Migrants for Exports, where she examines why and how the Philippine government has become a “labor brokerage state” that supplies the world’s labor markets with thousands of workers every […]

  • Filipino American History Month 2013, Symposium on Critical Filipino/a Studies at UCSD

    Click HERE for more details on the Critical Filipino and Filipina Studies Collective Symposium, October 11-13, 2013, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Cross-Cultural Center

  • Antioch University

    In the fall of 2012, I spoke on a panel at Antioch University organized by Professor Michael Viola (here is the link to part 1 and part 2 of the talk). Following the panel was a workshop planning the revival of the Critical Filipino/Filipina Studies Collective (CFFSC). I was amongst the founding members of the CFFSC […]

  • UC Irvine

    My colleague from Rutgers, Ulla Berg, and I were awarded a Collaborative Compositions Residency by the UC Humanities Institute. We were able to work intensively on the introduction of our special issue of Identities at UC Irvine. The residency included travel and accommodations for ten days. While there, we also presented on the working draft of our work. […]

  • University of British Columbia, Canada

    I was invited to speak as part of the Philippine Studies Series organized by the Philippine Studies Group at UBC. There are some incredibly dynamic Filipino graduate students there. UBC is so interesting intellectually, but it’s also just a stunningly beautiful campus. I’d love to go back!  

i Speak

La Hermandad, San Diego, California

I shared my experiences of contemporary Filipino-Mexican labor solidarity as a participant and observer of the International Migrants Alliance’s organizing efforts since 2006. My friends from BAYAN-USA in San Diego invited me to participate in the program.  

Istanbul, Turkey

This job can have some pretty amazing perks. My networks in Europe scored me an invitation to share my work on race and immigration in New Jersey in Istanbul, Turkey. It was love at first sight! What a truly amazing city. The talk was part of a symposium entitled, Migration and Borderlands: Dynamics of Exclusion […]

University of Vienna, Austria

I participated in a workshop on Labour Migration Programs in Comparative Perspective University of Vienna, Austria in July 18-19, 2012. This was my first time in Austria. I had a lovely time. I always enjoy visiting immigrant neighborhoods around the world and got a chance to actually stay in one for my short visit. I am always interested in learning […]

Portland State University

I loved the format of this particular event organized by the PSU Kaibigan, a Filipino student organization. They have a “book club” where they read text by Filipino scholars and writers. They decided to include my book on their list. The students read the book and did a Skype session with me before I came […]

Women of Color initiatives Symposium

I was invited to be the keynote speaker for this event because of my work in advocating for women of color in the academy (including the founding of the Women of Color Scholars Group at Rutgers with my good friend and colleage, Zaire Dinzey Flores).

Middlebury College

The fundamental goal in organizing the symposium (along with other presentations by a journalist and an artist) was to have passionate thinkers on immigration come to campus and share their work with students. The students chose speakers, according to its lead organizer “based on their work (trying to get a diversity of perspectives) as well […]

Humboldt University, Germany

May 29-30, 2009 Gender Knowledge and Philippine Migration Policy: The Role of The Media, NGOs, the Church and the State for “The Knowledge Behind: The Role of Gender Knowledge in Policy Making International Symposium”


Yet another workshop with community-based organizations that I am committed to doing. This time with babae.


April 28, 2011. Book Lecture for the Department of Sociology and the Filipino student organization at Oberlin (yes! There are Filipinos in Ohio). I was graciously hosted by my colleague, Rich Baldoz, whose excellent book is one that I assign in my Filipino-American course at UC Davis.