Harley Shaiken, Professor

Closed (1) USMCA (U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement): The New NAFTA and What Happens Now

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This project will explore the newly passed USMCA and focus on the labor dimensions in the U.S. and Mexico. It will examine issues of labor rights, wages, climate change, and broadly shared prosperity.

A new dimension to the project will look at the ways in which trade policy can create new jobs to address job loss in the pivotal auto industry due to the transition to an all electric future.

Climate change is a defining issue and addressing job loss proactively will allow a more rapid transition to a green future with support from those who are most directly impacted.

The undergraduate will monitor the implementation of USMCA, gather and synthesize statistical data on trade and labor issues, examine labor reform in Mexico and the state of unions in the United States. We will also look at job loss as a result of the move to an electric future in auto and the ways in which trade policy could generate new green jobs.

Qualifications: I am looking for a small group of students who will have some of the following skills: - near-native fluency in Spanish; - statistical skills; - qualitative research skills - an interest in workers, unions, social movements, and the green economy

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Closed (2) Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and the Detroit Industry Murals

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This project will look at the year Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo spent in Detroit (1932-33) and the ways in which their experiences shaped and transformed their art. It will look at issues related to the social and economic conditions in Detroit in that period, Mexican and Mexican-American workers in Detroit, and the extraordinary art of both Rivera and Kahlo that was transformed by their time in Detroit.

The project will also look at the mural Diego Rivera painted in 1933 at Rockefeller Center in New York that was destroyed in early 1934 and the Pan American Unity Mural he painted in San Francisco in 1940, which was to be his last mural in the United States. This mural is now on display at SFMOMA through 2023.

This will add a critical dimension to the art history and the importance of art in social history.

Qualifications: An interest in the artists, and a knowledge or interest in art history and/or the social and economic history of this period. Near-native fluency in Spanish is helpful but not essential.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated