Transnational Effects of the Postville Raid - A Talk by Gerardo Sandoval
Sandoval will present his study of the intertwined economic fortunes of Postville, Iowa, and El Rosario, Guatemala, centered on the May 2008 immigration raid on a meatpacking facility in Postville. The study, which considered several types of mechanisms that support Shadow Transnationalism through employment recruitment, smuggling networks and remittance transfers, provides planners and other policy makers a better understanding of the vulnerability and interdependence of shadow economic mechanisms.
Gerardo Sandoval is an Assistant Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in City and Regional Planning. He formally taught planning at Iowa State. Dr. Sandoval’s research and teaching focus on the intersection of economic and community development in both rural small towns and inner-city neighborhoods in large metropolitan areas. Specifically, he studies the revitalization of low-income marginal communities. He has conducted research in California, the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest and Latin America, focusing on community impacts of urban infrastructure projects, how immigrants revitalize urban and rural communities, and co-adaptation of immigrant and host communities.