Paula Aymer

Associate Professor Emerita

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Tufts University
Department of Sociology
Eaton Hall
Medford, MA 02155

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Ph.D., Northeastern University
M.A., Northeastern University
B.Sc., University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
Race and ethnic relations; family; religion; immigration

Expertise and Interests
International Migration; Women and Labor Migration; Religion Cross-Culturally; Women in World Religions; Christian Missionary Movements; Pentecostalism; Caribbean Studies; The African Diaspora; Structured Inequalities: Race, Ethnicity, Social Class, Gender; Family Cross-Culturally

Research and Teaching
Immigration, Labor Migration, Family Cross-Culturally, Religion, Racial/Ethnic Studies.

Research, publications, and teaching highlight structured systems of inequality that influence the life chances and socio-economic options that people are able to access and inherit. In addition, my work examines the micro-level responses and solutions people make as they navigate macro-level, economic, gender, racial and religious structures, designed to privilege and reward, but also, exploit, and oppress them.

Professor Aymer continues to do research, write, and publish on immigration issues, and especially on immigrant women in regional and international labor markets.

Article- Representations of Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Caribbean Tourism Economies -Latin -American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies (LACES) Vol. 8 No1 March 2011 (1-25).

Other Projects
Completed Book Proposal: Are You Saved? Evangelical Awakenings in the Anglophone Caribbean

Article -Mothering from a Distance:  Intra-Caribbean Migrant Women on Aruba, Netherlands Antilles.

Article -Heathen Stubbornness: British Christianizing Missionaries, Slavery, and War in the West Indian Colonies.

Book Reviews - Caribbean Studies Association Josiah, Barbara. 2011. Migration, Mining and the African Diaspora: Guyana in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Palgrave Macmillan. Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)

Reichman, Daniel. 2011.The Broken Village: Coffee Migration, and Globalization in Honduras.  Cornell University Press

Conference Presentations
Black Domestics from the Anglophone Caribbean Out! South American and Filipino Maids In: Manipulating Service Labor in Aruba's Tourism Economy. Conference  Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean November 3-5, 2011 University of California, San Diego, California

West African Missionaries in North America and the Caribbean: The Wailing Women Missionaries. Conference - Black Women and Pentecostalism in Diaspora. Bowdoin, -April 20 -22, 2012