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Dario Valles

Dario Valles

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, 2018-2020
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity, 2018-2020


Dario Valles is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA). He recently completed his Ph.D. at Northwestern University and has taught, researched and published at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Valles’ work centers on anthropological and interdisciplinary analysis of welfare infrastructures, race/gender, intimate labor, children/youth, social movements, and Latin American (im)migration and diaspora. He draws from household ethnographic methods and community-engaged research methods.  A native Angeleno, his research and more than a decade of social movement experience spans the Southwest US, Mexico, Central America and Brazil.

 Valles’ dissertation and book project focuses on how welfare and early education institutions intervene in the intimate lives of Black and Latinx youth and their caregivers in California. His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Society for Linguistic Anthropology and UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE). He lead a community-engaged survey and public report on  migrant garment workers, conducted through the UCLA Labor Center and with the support of the Ms. Foundation for Women.