Victoria Reyes

Victoria Reyes

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Riverside

About Victoria

Reyes' research focuses on how culture shapes global inequality, broadly defined. Reyes has examined this relationship in tourism, cultural politics of UNESCO, interracial intimacies, and legally plural, foreign-controlled places she call “global borderlands,” like overseas military bases and special economic zones. She has also written on qualitative methodologies.


In the News

"Why Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Took Place in a Consulate," Victoria Reyes, The Conversation, February 4, 2019.


"Port of Call: How Ships Shape Foreign-Local Encounters" Social Forces 96, no. 3 (2018): 1097-1118.

Reveals how ships shape host communities in three ways: by gendering its geography, perpetuating stereotypes, and influencing local markets.

"The Production of Cultural and Natural Wealth: An Examination of World Heritage Sites" Poetics 44 (2014): 42-63.

Examines UNESCO World Heritage sites and shows how cultural world regions, empire, and bureaucracy shape who is included on the World Heritage List.

"Global Borderlands: A Case Study of Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines" Theory and Society 44, no. 4 (2015): 355-384.

Develops a new analytic place to study globalization: global borderlands, places that are semi-autonomous and legally plural, where broad political and economic relations meet on-the-ground. Includes places like overseas military bases, special economic zones, all-inclusive tourist resorts, embassies, cruise ships and international branch campuses.

"“The Structure of Globalized Travel: A Relational Country-Pair Analysis" International Journal of Comparative Sociology 54, no. 2 (2013): 144-170.

Explores globalized travel and reveals how it is deeply asymmetric. Reveals that most global travel involves only a handful of countries.

"Three Models of Transparency in Ethnographic Research: Naming Places, Naming People, and Sharing Data" Ethnography 19, no. 2 (2018): 204-226.

Examines three ways that ethnographers are transparent in their research.

"Legacies of Place and Power: From Military Base to Freeport Zone" City & Community 14, no. 1 (2015): 1-26.

Examines the legacies of the U.S. military and how it shaped the transformation of Subic Bay, Philippines into a special economic zone.