• Director of Graduate Studies
  • LMAS Coordinator
  • Associate Professor, courtesy joint appointment with the School of Law
Nancy Plankey-Videla


Born in Chile and raised in Vermont and central Mexico, Dr. Plankey-Videla’s research and teaching is informed by a global perspective on inequality and agency. Her research seeks to understand how structural inequality affects the opportunities and barriers for women workers in Latin America and Latinx immigrants in the U.S. Her early work links power shifts in the global economy with organizational changes within firms, explaining how these changes lead to labor resistance during a period of economic crisis. More recently, Dr. Plankey-Videla’s work with the Latinx immigrant community in Texas has lead to research on the racialization of day laborers, effects of deportation threat on families and communities, and social integration of deportees and returnees in Mexico. She is associate professor of sociology and currently the coordinator of the Latino/a and Mexican American Studies Program (LMAS), and affiliated with LMAS and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.


Courses Taught at Texas A&M

  • LMAS 201: Introduction to Latinx/Mexican American Studies
  • SOCI 314: Social Problems
  • SOCI 337: International Migration
  • SOCI 338: Latinx Immigration
  • SOCI 402: Sociology of Latin America
  • SOCI 423: Globalization and Social Change
  • SOCI 424/WGST: Women and Work in Society
  • SOCI 607: Intersectionality and Latinx Migration
  • SOCI/WGST 607: Seminar in Social Organization (Gender and Work)


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Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests

    • Immigration
    • Latinx Sociology
    • Gender and Work
    • Community Based Research

Awards & Honors

  • 2018–2021, Global Engagement Grant, “Mexican Re-Integration Project,” PIs Huyen Pham, Luz Herrera, Angela D. Morrison, Guillermo García Sánchez (Texas A&M School of Law), and Nancy Plankey-Videla and Sonia Hernández, Texas A&M University
  • 2019–2020, Advancing Climate Together Grant for Inclusive Excellence “Somos Tejas: Digital Stories for First-Generation Hispanic/Latinx Students,” Gabriela Zapata, María Irene Moyna, and Nancy Plankey-Videla
  • 2019, Achievements in Climate and Inclusion Award, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
  • 2018–2019, Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Faculty Research Fellow “The Role of Media in Facilitating a Contested Community of Resistance during Anti-Immigrant Times,” Texas A&M University
  • 2016–2018. Carlos H. Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment Award, “Labor Rights in an Anti-Immigrant Age: Examining Latino Day Laborers and Wage Theft in the Brazos Valley,” Research with Undergraduates and Graduate Students, PI-Plankey-Videla, Texas A&M University
  • 2016, Carlos H. Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment Award “Barriers to Naturalization, Research with Undergraduates,” PIs Nancy Plankey-Videla and Mary Campbell, Texas A&M University
  • 2014, National Science Foundation/Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline “The Effects of Legal Status on the Social and Economic Incorporation of Mexican-Origin Mixed Status Families in the Southwest,” PIs-Nancy Plankey-Videla, Zulema Valdez, University of California-Merced, American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation
  • 2014, Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities “The Hidden Consequences of Deportation: A Focus Group Study of Latino Mixed-Status Families in Bryan/College Station”, Texas A&M University

Selected Publications

    • Nancy Plankey-Videla and Cynthia Luz Cisneros Franco.* 2022. ““Lots of Time They Don’t Pay”: Understanding Wage-Theft and Resistance in Bryan, Texas through Critical Community-Engaged Research.” Social Sciences, 11(3): 102.
    • Nancy Plankey-Videla. 2021. “The Deportability Regime: From Bad to Worse in Central Texas under Obama and Trump.” In Migration, Racism and Labor Exploitation in the World System, edited by Denis O’Hearn and Paull Ciccantell. New York: Taylor & Francis Press.
    • Aldana, Beatriz, Apryl Williams, Nancy Plankey-Videla, & Selene Díaz.* 2021. “The Discourse of Deservingness: Racialized Framing during Rumored ICE Raids.” Ethnicities. May.
    • Valdez, Zulema, Nancy Plankey-Videla, Aurelia Lorena Murga, Angélica Menchaca, & Cindy Barahona. 2019. “Precarious Entrepreneurship: Day Laborers in the U.S. Southwest.” American Behavioral Scientist, 63(2): 225-243.
    • Plankey-Videla, Nancy. 2012. We Are in This Dance Together: Gender, Power, and Globalization in a Mexican Garment Firm. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
      • Winner of the 2012 National Women’s Studies Association Sarah A. Whaley Book Prize for books on gender and labor.
      • Winner of the 2013 Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Global Division Best Book Award.
      • Reviewed in American Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, Social Forces, Work and Occupations, Administrative Science Quarterly, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, New Labor Forum and Anthropology of Work Review.
      • Focus of the 2015 Book Review Symposium of the Journal of World-Systems Research 21(2).
    • Plankey-Videla, Nancy. 2012. “Consent as Process: Problematizing Informed Consent in Organizational Ethnographies.” Qualitative Sociology 35(1): 1-21.
    • Plankey-Videla, Nancy. 2010. “Engendering Global Studies of Women and Work.” Feminist Studies Special Issue on Feminism and Globalism 36(1): 174-193.
    • Plankey-Videla, Nancy. 2006. “It Cuts Both Ways: Workers, Management and the Construction of a ‘Community of Fate’ on the Shop Floor in a Mexican Garment Factory.” Social Forces 84(4): 2099-2120.
    • Plankey-Videla, Nancy. 2006. “Gendered Contradictions: Managers and Women Workers in Self-Managed Teams.” Research in the Sociology of Work: Special Issue on Worker Participation, ed. by Vicki Smith, 16: 85-116.


    * Graduate Students