Eileen Boris Chair of the Department of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Eileen Boris is Hull Professor and Chair of the Department of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she directs the Center for Research on Women and Social Justice. An interdisciplinary historian, she specializes in women’s labors in the home and other workplaces and on gender, race, work, and the welfare state. Among her many books are Home to Work: Motherhood and the Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States [winner of the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History]; Intimate Labors: Cultures, Technologies, and the Politics of Care, co-edited with Rhacel Parreñas (Stanford University Press, 2010) and, with Jennifer Klein, Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2011). She has authored policy reports on the feminization of poverty, the wages of care, and welfare reform. Her non-academic writings have appeared in The Nation, the LA Times, New Labor Forum, Labor Notes, Salon, Dissent, Women’s Review of Books, and the Washington Post. Locally, she is on the Board of Directors of CAUSE, Coastal Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, a central coast social justice NGO.