• Assistant Professor, Sociology Department


  • Paret, Marcel, and Carin Runciman. 2016. “The 2009+ South African Protest Wave.” WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society 19(3). Published, 09/2016.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2016. “Contested ANC Hegemony in the Urban Townships: Evidence from the 2014 South African Election.” African Affairs 115(460): 419-442. Published, 07/2016.
  • Paret, Marcel. Forthcoming. “Working Class Fragmentation, Party Politics, and the Complexities of Solidarity in South Africa’s United Front.” The Sociological Review. Accepted, 06/2016.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2016. “Politics of Solidarity and Agency in an Age of Precarity.Global Labor Journal 7(2): 174-188. Published, 05/2016.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2016. “Towards a Precarity Agenda.Global Labor Journal 7(2): 111-122. Published, 05/2016.
  • Paret, Marcel, and Guadalupe Aguilera. 2016. “Golden State Uprising: Migrant Protest in California, 1990-2010.” Citizenship Studies 20(3-4): 359-378. Published, 04/2016.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2016. “Precarious Class Formations in the United States and South Africa.” International Labor and Working Class History 89(Spring): 84-106. Published, 04/2016.
  • Paret, Marcel, and Shannon Gleeson. 2016. “Precarity and Agency through a Migration Lens.” Citizenship Studies 20(3-4): 277-294. Published, 04/2016.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “Failed Redistribution or Failed Administration? Official Union Narratives of Community Protest in South Africa.” Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies 42(3): 345-366. Published, 11/27/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “COSATU and Community Struggles: Assessing the Prospects for Solidarity,” in COSATU in Crisis: The Fragmentation of an African Trade Union Federation, edited by Vishwas Satgar and Roger Southall. Sandton: KMM Review. Published, 11/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “Labor and Community Struggles, 1994-2014,” in New South African Review 5: Beyond Marikana, edited by Gilbert M. Khadiagala, Prishani Naidoo, Devan Pillay, Roger Southall. Johannesburg: Wits University Press. Published, 09/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “Apartheid Policing: Examining the US Migrant Labor System Through a South African Lens.” Citizenship Studies. 19(3-4):317-334. Published, 07/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “Precarious Labor Politics: Unions and the Struggles of the Insecure Working Class in the United States and South Africa.” Critical Sociology 41(4-5):757-784. Published, 06/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “Is Global Governance the Solution for Labor?” New Labor Forum 24(2): 125-128. (Review of Jamie K. McCallum, Global Unions, Local Power: The New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing, Cornell University Press, 2013). Published, 05/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “Violence and Democracy in South Africa's Community Protests.” Review of African Political Economy 42(143): 107-123. Published, 03/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2014. “Legality and Exploitation: Immigration Enforcement and the US Migrant Labor System.” Latino Studies 12(4):503-526. Published, 12/2014.
  • Levien, Michael, and Marcel Paret. 2012. “A Second Double Movement? Polanyi and Shifting Global Opinions on Neoliberalism.” International Sociology 27(6): 724-744. Published, 08/2012.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2011. “Borders and Exploitation: Migrant Labor Systems in California and South Africa.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology 55:57-96.. Published, 09/2011.
  • Penner, Andrew and Marcel Paret. 2008. “Gender Differences in Mathematics Achievement: Exploring the Early Grades and the Extremes.” Social Science Research 37: 239-253. Published, 03/2008.
  • Paret, Marcel, and Shannon Gleeson. 2006. “International Migration in Macro-Stratification Perspective: Bringing Power Back In.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology 50: 120-146. Published, 09/2006.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2006. Language Background and Early Academic Achievement: Disentangling Language-Minority Status, Social Background, and Academic Engagement. CSE Technical Report 679. National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing. Los Angeles: University of California. Published, 05/2006.
  • Lucas, Samuel R., and Marcel Paret. 2005. “Law, Race, and Education in the United States.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 1: 203-231. Published, 01/2005.

Research Keywords

  • immigration and citizenship
  • Social Movements
  • Labor and working-class history
  • Capitalism


  • Paret, Marcel. 2016. “The Dark Side of Post-Apartheid Nationalism” Emerging Immigration Scholars Conference, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, February 26-27. Conference Paper, Presented, 02/26/2016.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “From Fractured Militancy to Social Movement Unionism?” Invited presentation to the Labor Relations/International and Comparative Labor Workshop Series, ILR School, Cornell University, October 27. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/27/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “Apartheid Nostalgia: The Politics of Longing and Frustration in Contemporary South Africa.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, August 22-25. Conference Paper, Presented, 08/22/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “The Community Strike in Gauteng Province,” Pushing Back the Boundaries, Annual Conference of the South African Research Chair in Social Change, Limpopo, South Africa, June 24-26. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/25/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “Xenophobic Antagonism in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Annual Meetings of the Law and Society Association, Seattle, May 28-31. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/30/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2015. “Revitalizing the South African Labor Movement? NUMSA and the United Front.” Annual Sociology of Development Conference, Providence, March 13. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/13/2015.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2014. “Immigrant Rights Protests Versus Xenophobic Attacks? Divergent Working Class Struggles in a Context of National Exclusion.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, August 16-19. Conference Paper, Presented, 08/18/2014.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2014. “Postcolonial Politics: Developing a Theory of Protest for South Africa.” Invited Presentation to the Center for Indian Studies in Africa, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, July 30. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/30/2014.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2014. “Critical Reflections on Guy Standing’s A Precariat Charter.” International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 12-19. Conference Paper, Presented, 07/13/2014.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2014. “Post-Liberation Electoral Politics: Results From an Exit Poll of Voters in the 2014 South African Elections.” Putting Politics into Social Change and Social Change into Politics, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, July 2-4. Conference Paper, Presented, 07/03/2014.
  • Paret, Marcel. 2014. “From Political Opportunity to Political Society: Postcolonial Politics in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Conference on Contentious Politics, Capitalism, and Social Movement Theory, Johannesburg, May 22. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/22/2014.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • South Africa