Katrina Burgess

Associate Professor of Political Economy

  • PhD, Politics, Princeton University
  • BA, Swarthmore College
  • MA, University of Southern California


Katrina Burgess is Associate Professor of Political Economy. Before joining The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, she taught at Syracuse (the Maxwell School), Brown, UCLA, and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). She is author of Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy, which won the 2006 Outstanding Book Award for the best publication on labor issues granted by the Section on Labor Studies and Class Relations of the Latin American Studies Association, and co-editor with Abraham F. Lowenthal of The California-Mexico Connection. She has also published numerous book chapters, as well as articles in World Politics, Latin American Politics & Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, South European Politics and Society, Comparative Political Studies, Politica y gobierno, and International Studies Review. Her current project addresses the impact of migration and remittances on the quality of democracy in developing countries. Burgess received a B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in politics from Princeton University. She has also served as Assistant Director of the U.S.-Mexico Project at the Overseas Development Council in Washington, D.C. and Associate Director of the California-Mexico Project at USC in Los Angeles.

Professional Activities
  • Assistant Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (1998-2003)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Research, Thomas Watson, Jr. Institute for International Studies, Brown University (2002-2003)
  • Assistant Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (1998-2003)
  • William R. Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellow, Thomas Watson, Jr. Institute for International Studies, Brown University (2000-2002)
  • Academic Coordinator, PromPerú (summer 2000)
  • has also taught at UCLA and ITAM
  • Member of Latin American Studies Association and American Political Science Association
  • Reviewed articles submitted to Comparative Politics, Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, and International Studies Quarterly
  • Evaluator, International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships, Social Science Research Council (2001-2002)

  • Henry J. Leir Institute

Research Interests
  • International and comparative political economy
  • political economy of development
  • comparative politics

• Burgess, Katrina and Steven Levitsky. "Explaining Populist Party Adaptation in Latin America: Environmental and Organizational Determinants of Party Change in Argentina, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela." Comparative Political Studies 36, no. 8 (2003): 881-911.
Burgess, Katrina. "Loyalty Dilemmas and Market Reform: Party-Union Alliances Under Stress in Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela." World Politics 52, no. 1 (1999): 105-134.
• Burgess, Katrina. "Unemployment and Union Strategies in Spain." South European Society and Politics 4, (1999).

Burgess, Katrina. Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004.
• Burgess, Katrina and Abraham F Lowenthal. The California-Mexico Connection. Stanford University Press, 1993.

• Burgess, Katrina. "Symptom or Solution? Neoliberal Reform and Migrant Remittances" in Philip Oxhorn and Kenneth Roberts, eds. Beyond Neoliberalism? (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, forthcoming).
Burgess, Katrina. "Migrant Philanthropy and Local Governance in Mexico." In New Patterns for Mexico: Observations on Remittances, Philanthropic Giving, and Equitable Development, ed. Barbara Merz, Harvard University Press, 2005.
• Burgess, Katrina. "Mexican Labor at a Crossroads." In Mexico's Politics and Society in Transition, eds. Joseph S. Tulchin and Andrew D. Selee, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002.
• Burgess, Katrina. "Unemployment and Union Strategies in Spain." In Unemployment in Southern Europe: Coping with the Consequences, ed. Nancy G Bermeo, Routledge, 2000.
• "El impacto del 3x1 en la gobernanza local" en Rafael Fernández de Castro, Rodolfo García Zamora y Ana Vila Freyer, compiladores. El Programa 3x1 para Migrantes. Retos y Desafíos (México, DF: Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México y Miguel Ángel Porrúa, en prensa).



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