Faculty & Staff

Cinzia Solari, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts


photo of Cinzia Solari

Areas of Expertise

Gender and migration; transnationalism and nation-building; carework and globalization; post-Soviet transformation; Ukraine; social theory; global ethnography


PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

View Professor Solari's Curriculum Vitae

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Current Research

Cinzia Solari is author of the global ethnography, On the Shoulders of Grandmothers: Gender, Migration, and Post-Soviet Nation-State Building (Routledge 2018). Through in-depth interviews and ethnographic work with migrant grandmothers caring for the elderly in Italy and California and their adult children in Ukraine, On the Shoulders of Grandmothers shows that post-Soviet Ukrainian nation-state-building is occurring transnationally. By comparing the experiences of individual migrants in two different migration patterns—one a post-Soviet “exile” of individual women to Italy and the other an “exodus” of families to the United States—Solari exposes the production of new gendered capitalist economics and nationalisms that precariously place Ukraine between Europe and Russia with implications for the global world order.

Solari’s new projects looks at the growing movement to organize migrant domestic workers in the United States at the local and national level while making connections to transnational labor organizing. She is particularly interested in the ways feminist theory is being deployed by organizers to help them solve problems of coalition building on the ground.