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  Steven Mc Kay

Steven Mc Kay


831-502-7331 (office)


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Social Sciences Division

Sociology Department
Center for Labor Studies

Director, UCSC Center for Labor and Community


College Nine
Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas
Center for Southeast Asian Coastal Interactions (SEACoast)
Community Studies Program

Regular Faculty

Labor and Social Movements
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Gender Studies

Rachel Carson College Academic Building

by appointment

Rachel Carson College Faculty Services

2001 - Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
1996 - M.A., Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison
1989 - B.A., Political Economy of Industrial Societies, University of California - Berkeley


Labor and labor markets, political sociology, transnationalism, migration, racial formation, masculinity, Southeast Asia, community-engaged research.


  • 2022. Koret Mentor Award, Koret Scholars Undergraduate Research Program, UCSC
  • 2019. Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching, UCSC Division of Social Sciences

  • 2017. Community Hero, United Way of Santa Cruz County, Community Assessment Project

  • 2015.  Community Game Changer Award, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County
  • 2012. UC Santa Cruz Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity.
  • 2011. Visiting Senior Research Fellowship at the National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute, Migration Studies Cluster.
  • 2010.  Teaching: Award for Universal Design in Instruction from the University of California – Santa Cruz’s Disability Resource Center. 


  • 2023-24. National Endowment for the Humanities, Public Humanities Projects, Exhibition Planning Grant - project: "Sowing Seeds: Filipino American Stories from the Pajaro Valley" - co-PI K. Gutierrez, $75,000
  • 2023-34. UC Humanities Research Institute Engaging Humanities Grant. Project: "Watsonville is in the Heart: Mapping a Recuperative History of Filipino Farmworkers" -co-PI K. Gutierrez - $20,000
  • 2022-23. University of California Worker Rights Policy Initiative, State of California - project: "UCSC Center for Labor and Community" - $500,000
  • 2022-23. UC Community Links Grants Program - project: "We Belong Too" - co-PI Regina Langhout - $25,000
  • 2022. UCSC Office of Research Seed Funding for Early Stage Initiatives - project: "Lost Stories of Asian American Labor: Research & Planning for an Integrated Exhibit of Arts and Oral History from the Pajaro Valley" - co-PI: K. Gutierrez $38,000
  • 2021. Collaborative Projects Grant, Arts Research Institute, UCSC. Project: Watsonville is in the Heart: Art & The Oral History Archive - $5,000
  • 2020. UC Collaborative to Promote Immigrant and Student Equity. Project: We Belong: Collaboration for Community-Engaged Research and Immigrant Justice - $10,000
  • 2019. Student Fee Advisory Committee, UCSC, Project: We Belong: Collaboration for Community-Engaged Research and Immigrant Justice - $45,000
  • 2018. Service Employees International Union, Local 251, Project: “Affordable Housing Research Project” - $15,000
  • 2016. Student Success Initiative Grant, University of California Office of the President,Project: “Community Engaged Research Practicum” - $100,000
  • 2016. Engaging Humanities Project Grant, 2016-17, University of California Humanities Research Institute. Project: “No Place Like Home: Voices and Visions of the Housing Crisis in Santa Cruz County” - $27,000
  • 2015. John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture, Andrew Mellon Foundation. project title: "Non-citizenship". CO-PIs: C. Ramirez, J. Poblete, S. Falcon and F. Amaya Shaeffer. $178,000.
  • 2014-2015. Engaging Humanities Public Humanities Project Grant,  University of California Humanities Research Institute Project: “Working for Dignity:  Rural-Urban Stories in a Changing California.” $20,000.




Edited Books

  • 2021. Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship, Rutgers University Press, co-edited with Catherine S. Ramírez, Juan Poblete, Sylvanna M. Falcón, and Felicity Amaya Schaeffer. 
  • 2012. New Routes for Diaspora Studies. Indiana University Press. Co-edited with S. Banerjee and A. McGuinness.

Contributions to Books

Journal Articles/Reports

SOCY 15 World Society: Origins and Consequences of Globalization
SOCY 139T Community Engaged Research Practicum
SOCY 176A Work and Society
SOCY 188A Social Change in Global Economy
SOCY 205 Graduate Field Methods
SOCY 220 Global Transformations
SOCY 229 Ethnographies of Work and the Work of Ethnography

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