By Jason Carter

The College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Global Studies, invites you to the doctoral dissertation defense by Camelia Bouzerdan.

Title: Working Overtime: An Analysis of the Employment - Economic and Health Security Nexus Using an Intersectional Approach

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2023
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Dugan Hall, Rm. 204

Committee Members:

  • John Wooding (Chair)
  • Jason Rydberg
  • Jenifer Whitten Woodring

The research in this dissertation is an endeavor in analyzing the relationship between employment and economic and human security for women. Using an intersectional approach, this research looks at the implication of individual identities when a woman is employed or seeking employment. This dissertation comprises three papers. The first paper presents a study using econometric models to analyze the relationship between participation in the labor force for women in OECD countries and their education attainment as well as the availability of paid parental leave. When comparing the results obtained from the analysis conducted on the women’s sample with the results obtained from the men’s sample, we see that tertiary education plays the most significant role while additional weeks of paid parental leave decrease women’s participation in the labor force. The second paper highlights the results of a qualitative analysis done using a case study of circular migration. After interviewing 33 women from Romania who work as domestic workers in Austria, the argument was made that the opportunity to migrate for labor can lead to economic and health security when the appropriate economic, political and social factors exist. The third paper analyzes a case study regarding the exposure to covert discrimination in the workplace. The results obtained after conducting in depth interviews with twelve refugees from the Middle East and North Africa show that exposure to microaggressions in the workplace could be a threat to victim’s economic and health security.