Kathyrn (Kathy) Kopinak (Canada)

January 2017 – June 2017

Kathy received her BA and MA in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and her Ph. D. from York University. She is a Canadian Sociologist at King’s University College, University of Western Ontario who began formal research on northern Mexico in the early eighties when North America’s industrial heartland started to dramatically transfer production to the US-Mexico borderlands. Research and publications have included the study of the labor process in Mexican maquiladora industries, the gendered division of labor in northern Mexico, environmental impacts of Mexican industrialization, the relationship between maquiladora employment and migration, and the influence of Mexican export industries on the growth and character of regional and global economies. She has received research grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a teaching award from the Ontario Council of University Faculty Associations.
“Industrial Relocation and Migration: the Role of the Export Industries in Countries of Origin: Morocco and Mexico” Kathy is currently engaged with a team of other Canadian, U.S., and Spanish researchers in a comparison of the impact of working in maquiladora export industries on migration from Mexico to the U.S. and from Morocco to Spain.