Valerie Francisco received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at City University of New York, The Graduate Center. She is an assistant professor in the department of Sociology at the University of Portland. She works with a global perspective both in her scholarship and teaching. Dr. Francisco research projects include a transnational study of Filipino migrant mothers in New York City and their families left behind in Manila and participatory action research with Filipino immigrants working as caregivers in the U.S. She has written about her findings in a dissertation entitled, “Together But Apart: Dynamics of Filipino Transnational Families” and in journals like Critical Sociology, The Philippine Sociological Review and International Review of Qualitative Research. Dr. Francisco also writes on the transnational activism that emerges from the social conditions of migration, separation and migrant labor. Dr. Francisco’s academic interests include : global and transnational sociology, migration and immigration studies, diaspora with a special interest on the Philippine migration, gender and the family, racial and ethnic relations in the U.S., labor, transnational social movements with regard to migrant workers, and international political economy.
As an educator, Dr. Francisco continues to develop her pedagogy to engage students’ head, hearts and hands in learning about sociology. She does this by preparing her courses with a global perspective and preparing a range of learning activities in and outside of her classroom. Dr. Francisco is committed to students’ ability to think critically about the complex times we live in and in their potential to change the world.
Dr. Francisco has been awarded the Davis-Putter Scholarship and has received a University of Michigan NCID Diversity Scholar citation. In the past, Dr. Francisco has worked with the Public Science Project, served as the Dissertation Writing Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of San Francisco and as a graduate fellow for the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at CUNY, The Graduate Center. She has nurtured her commitment to teaching and pedagogy as an instructional technology fellow for the Macaulay Honors College at College of Staten Island and an instructor at San Francisco State University and Hunter College in New York City.