Transnational Americans - Professor Maxine Molyneux (UCL Institute of the Americas) by UCL-Arts & Social Science published on 2014/03/31 12:56:25 +0000 Inaugural Lecture - Professor Maxine Molyneux (Institute of the Americas) Full title: Transnational Americans: Latin American Perspectives on Recent Trends in Pan-American Migration Commencing around 1960, two new waves of migration began in the Americas, one from the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to the USA, Canada and Spain; the other, a more moderate but still significant trend of inter-regional migration within Latin America. Following the dip caused by the 2008 global recession, migration figures for Latin America have recovered and surpassed previous levels albeit with some new features including a rise in migration from other developing countries. What do recent trends in migration tell us about the Latin American region and what light do they cast on debates about transnationalism? Maxine Molyneux is a political sociologist specialising in Latin America. She has written widely on development theory and policy, citizenship and rights, social policy, social movements and gender inequality. Her current research is on Latin American social policy with a particular focus on the recent efforts to reduce poverty in the region. She joined UCL in June 2012 as Professor of Sociology and Director of the UCL Institute of the Americas.