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Katherine Eva Maich

Katherine Eva Maich

Assistant Teaching Professor of Labor and Employment Relations &

Center for Global Workers’ Rights

501G Keller Bldg
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-9111

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Education: PhD: University of California, Berkeley, Sociology


Dr. Katherine Maich recently completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where her thesis won the Outstanding Feminist Scholarship Award.

Katherine’s research and teaching interests include labor and work, law, gender and race, feminist theory, ethnography, and Latin America. She has long been interested in labor informality, the reproduction of gender and racial inequality, and the home as a site of labor. Katherine’s dissertation, “Domesticated Democracy? Labor Rights at Home in Lima and New York City,” shows how progressive labor laws for domestic workers are stifled by historically-entrenched patterns of colonial and racialized relations in those two cities. Katherine’s work has been funded by the American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship, the Inter-American Foundation’s Grassroots Development Fellowship (IIE), and the Mellon Latin American Sociology Fellowship. A member of the Research Network for Domestic Worker Rights, she has worked for the International Domestic Workers’ Federation and collaborated with UCLA's global research team, Experiences Organizing Informal Workers.


Recent Awards Include:

The Cheryl Allyn Miller Paper Award, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), 2017

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association, Sociology of Law Section, 2017

Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association, Labor and Labor Movements Section, 2016

The Herbert Blumer Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology, 2015