Manuel Rosaldo

Manuel Rosaldo

Post-Doctoral Scholar, Center for Global Workers' Rights

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  1. PhD: University of California at Berkeley


Manuel Rosaldo’s research focuses on the potentials and constraints for labor rights organizing among precarious informal workers, who have historically been excluded from both labor rights legislation and labor unions. He recently completed a PhD at the University of California at Berkeley, where his dissertation analyzed waste pickers’ struggles to win state recognition and remuneration for their labor in Brazil and Colombia. Manuel’s broader research and teaching interests include labor, development, social movements, state-society relations, and Latin American politics. He also holds a Master’s in Global Affairs from New York University, where he wrote a thesis on the debate over the commercialization of microfinance based on field research in southern Mexico.  Previously, he worked as an organizer and researcher for the UNITE HERE! and SEIU labor unions, and as an editor for a social change media organization.



Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association, Labor and Labor Movements Section, 2017

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association, Sociology of Development Section, 2017

Public Sociology Prize, University of California at Berkeley, 2017

Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award, University of California at Berkeley, Spring 2014 


Rosaldo, Manuel (2016). “Revolution in the Garbage Dump: The Political Economic Foundations of the Colombian Recycler Movement (1986-2012).” Social Problems.

Rosaldo, Manuel (2016) “Pimp my Carroça Bogotá: From disposable people to environmental superheroes.” The Berkeley Journal of Sociology.  [Published in English, Spanish, and Portuguese]

Herring, Chris, Manuel Rosaldo, Josh Seim, Ben Shestakofsky (2016). “Living Theory: Principles and Practices for Teaching Theory Ethnographically.” Teaching Sociology.