On the Shoulders of Grandmothers uncovers a unique migration of middle-aged women, most grandmothers. Through interviews and ethnographic work with migrant grandmothers laboring as domestic workers in Italy and California as well as with their adult children in Ukraine, this book shows that post-Soviet Ukrainian nation-state-building is occurring transnationally. By comparing the experiences of individual migrants in two different migration patterns—one a post-Soviet “exile” of individual women to Italy and the other an “exodus” of families to the United States—she exposes the production of new gendered capitalist economics and nationalisms that precariously place Ukraine between Europe and Russia with implications for the global world order.
Her new project looks at the growing movement to organize migrant domestic workers in the United States at the local and national level while making connections to transnational labor organizing. She is particularly interested in the ways feminist theory is being deployed by organizers to help them solve problems of coalition building on the ground.