Susanna Rosenbaum

Assistant Professor

Main Affiliation

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies (CWE)

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Anthropology
  • Immigration
  • The Americas
  • Labor
  • Gender
  • Race


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Susanna Rosenbaum


Susanna Rosenbaum is associate  professor of Anthropology in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Director of the MA in the Study of the Americas. Her research and teaching center immigration, race, and citizenship; gendered labor and neoliberalism; kinship and reproduction; and the Americas. Her book Domestic Economies: Women, Work, and the American Dream in Los Angeles (2017) examines how Mexican and Central American domestic workers and their primarily white employers seek to acheive the American Dream. Juxtaposing these two groups, it illustrates how immigrant and native-born women work towards that ideal, how each is indespensable to the other's quest, and the abiding importance of reproductive labor to this pursuit.


PhD, New York University

BA, Wesleyan University

Courses Taught

Cultures of Capital
Making Race in the 21st Century
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Women and Work
Global Intimacies
Race and Gender in the Americas
Graduate Research Methodology
Cross Cultural Perspectives
Global Intimacies
Latinos and Race
Latinos and Migration
Anthropology of Gender
Urban Ethnography


Rosenbaum, Susanna. 2017. Domestic Economies: Women, Work, and the American Dream in Los Angeles. Durham: Duke University Press.…

Rosenbaum, Susanna. 2016. 'Todos Sacrifican': Immigrant Organizing and the Meanings of (Domestic) Work. Working USA: The Journal of Labour and Society. 19(2): 187-206.

Rosenbaum, Susanna. 2014. Domestic Disturbances: Immigrant Workers, Middle-Class Employers, and the American Dream in Los Angeles. In When Care Work Goes Global: Learning the Social Relations of Domestic Work, Mary Romero, Valerie Preston, Wenona Giles eds. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Books.