I am finishing my Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.
My dissertation is titled, Diversifying Capitalism: Race, Value, and the Making of the Corporate Workplace after Affirmative Action.
I also have an opinion column in Anthropology News, Diversity in the Workplace, and I am one of two Contributing Editors to the Association of Political and Legal Anthropology’s Section News, also published in Anthropology News.
In my dissertation I examine how business management practitioners and experts (e.g. consultants, human resource professionals, scholars and popular intellectuals) create value in and of diversity for the corporation. I am interested in how this entails negotiating concerns with upward mobility, perceivably heightened antagonistic racial politics, and a history of racial segregation in the United States– and, how this coheres in efforts to produce profit for the corporation. Theoretically and practically I aim to understand the limits and possibilities for addressing discrimination in the workplace amidst the systemic decline of Affirmative Action laws, policies, and bureaucratic systems.
My scholarly interests lie at the intersections of science and technology studies, economic anthropology, feminist scholarship, critical race studies, the sociology and anthropology of organizations, and the study of capitalism.
You can reach me at luzildac [@] uci [.] edu