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I am an Associate Professor of Politics and Latin American and Latinx Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. My research explores how international migrants shape citizenship, political behavior, and representation in migrant-sending countries, particularly in the context of crime and violence. Focusing on international migrants from Mexico, I study how cross-border interactions between immigrants living in the United States and individuals who remain in Mexico affect the latter’s political actions and values. I also study the role of return migrants from the United States in Mexico’s local electoral politics and governance.
I completed my Ph.D. in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. I also have a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with an emphasis on International Security and Political Economy, and a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College. I served as a US Foreign Service officer in Mexico City and India from 1998-2002.