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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 emigrants and migrant transnationalism 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 the how cross-border social 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 Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with an emphasis on International Security 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.