Julia Meszaros, PhD

Julia Meszaros, PhD

Globalization, Migration, Identity Formation, Gender, Indigenous Resistance Movements

Julia Meszaros recently completed my Ph.D. at Florida International University in Global Sociocultural Studies and Sociology, with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. She is now a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Her dissertation analyzes the commercialized romance tour industry, an industry in which American men go on ‘romance tours’ to find potential wives in Colombia, Ukraine and the Philippines. The main attraction for the tours are the social parties, which feature a highly imbalanced gender ratio, in order for men to have the opportunity to meet literally hundreds of women. Julia argues that the romance tour industry is an important lens into the ways in which globalized hierarchies of race, gender, class and sexuality are shaped through individual emotions within intimate relationships. This is an important example of the ‘global intimate’ and challenges binaries that posit the body and the global as separate, unrelated scales. In addition, Julia writes blogs related to social justice on Huffington Post. Please see her website http://juliameszaros.com/ for more information regarding her academic research, cv, publications, and blogs.