Isabel Jijon, Sociologist


I am a qualitative sociologist who studies culture, globalization, work, and childhood. Most of my research is comparative and focuses on Latin America and the global South.

I am writing a book, Too Young to Work? Why Children Defend Child Labor, that studies how working children understand their work in spite of (and in response to) global campaigns against child labor. For the past 30 years, activists around the world have fought to eradicate child labor, but they are now facing an unexpected source of resistance: working children themselves. Throughout the global South, working children are joining social movements that demand the "right to work." Drawing on interview, ethnographic, and archival data in Bolivia and Ecuador, my book explains why. This research
contributes to economic sociology, the sociology of childhood, and child labor research and policy. This book also adds to studies of the global diffusion of culture, showing how and why global diffusion can fail. I have also written about the globalization of collective memory, the globalization of sport, and theories of translation. I am now starting a project on work in the Covid-19 pandemic, on essential workers' experiences of recognition and stigma.

I am currently a Research Consultant at the United Nations Children's Fund. I am also a Research Associate at the Dignity and Debt Network in Princeton University and a Research Fellow at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology. I have a Ph.D. with distinction and a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Yale University.