Maria Lis Baiocchi

  • PhD Student - Cultural

María Lis Baiocchi studies the reconstruction of domestic workers’ legal status from “servants” to “workers” and its implications for domestic workers’ lives in Argentina, which since 2013 is one of a minority of countries to guarantee equal rights for domestic workers. Based on ethnographic research in Buenos Aires, her dissertation examines how the changing discourses and practices of contract promoted by the Argentine state interact with the non-contractual discourses and practices that have historically regulated the worker-employer relationship. She explores how domestic workers are learning and thinking about, appropriating, interpreting, and using the new law in their daily lives and looks at the extent to which the implementation of the new legal framework has increased workers’ bargaining leverage. She also examines whether this emerging legal landscape is changing the pseudo-kinship structures and the economies of reciprocity that have historically regulated relationships between workers and employers, promoted exploitative conditions of work, and entrenched cultures of patronage and servitude.

Degrees and Education

PhD – Anthropology – University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (expected 2019)
MA – Sociology and Social Anthropology – Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (2008)
BA – Human Ecology – College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME (2007)

Awards

2018-2019 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies
2018-2019 University of Pittsburgh Cultural Studies Fellowship
2018-2019 University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Latin American Social and Public Policy Fellowship (turned down)
2018-2019 University of Pittsburgh CLAS David B. Houston Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America Award
2018-2019 University of Pittsburgh CLAS Travel to Professional Meeting Grant
2017-2018 University of Pittsburgh Social Science Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
2017-2018 Latin American Studies Association LASA2018 Travel Grant
2017-2018 University of Pittsburgh A&S-PBC and Alumni Travel Fund Grant
2017-2018 University of Pittsburgh CLAS Travel to Professional Meeting Grant
2017-2018 University of Pittsburgh A&S GSO Travel Grant
2016-2017 Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development PhD Fellowship
2016-2017 University of Pittsburgh Cultural Studies Fellowship (turned down)
2015-2016 University of Pittsburgh Teaching Fellowship
2015-2016 University of Pittsburgh Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) Program Research Award
2015-2016 University of Pittsburgh University Center for International Studies Fund Grant
2014-2015 University of Pittsburgh Arts and Sciences Fellowship
2014-2015 University of Pittsburgh GSWS Program Tamara Horowitz Graduate Student Paper Prize
2014-2015 University of Pittsburgh CLAS Graduate Student Field Research Grant
2014-2015 University of Pittsburgh Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Small Grant for Pre-Dissertation Research
2013-2014 University of Pittsburgh Teaching Fellowship
2013-2014 University of Pittsburgh GSWS Program Research Award
2013-2014 University of Pittsburgh Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Small Grant for Pre-Dissertation Research
2012-2013 University of Pittsburgh Arts and Sciences Fellowship

Publications

Baiocchi, M. L. (2018). Book Review: Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care: A Multi-Scalar Approach to the Pacific Rim Edited by Sonya Michel and Ito Peng. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 316 pp., $159.99 (cloth); $119 (e-book). Gender & Society, DOI: 10.1177/0891243218786679