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Dr. Matt Bakker
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Contact Information

Rowley G122
(703) 284-1664

Academic Credentials

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
M.S., M.A., Ph.D, University of California, Davis

Teaching Areas:

  • Principles of Sociology
  • The Global Village
  • Addressing Injustice: Qualitative Methods
  • Racial & Ethnic Diversity
  • Topics in Human Rights: Migration and Development

Research Interests:

  • Transnational Migration
  • Contemporary Immigration Policymaking and Enforcement
  • Development Discourse and Practice
  • Political and Economic Sociology

Dr. Bakker’s research to date has focused on a number of political and economic aspects of transnational migration, with a particular emphasis on Mexican migration to the United States.

His work has explored the cross-border organizing practices of Mexican migrants living in the United States, the construction of migrants’ remittances as a development tool, and dynamics of conflict and contestation related to immigration enforcement in the contemporary United States.

Dr. Bakker’s teaching interests overlap with these research areas. He works hard in the classroom to engage students in informed conversation and debate about the causes and consequences of various forms of social inequality and, more importantly, the possibilities for social change.