Research/Areas of Interest:

-migration and diasporas
-Latin America
-comparative politics
-political economy of development


  • PhD, Politics, Princeton University, Princeton, United States, 1998
  • MA, International Relations, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States, 1988
  • BA, Political Science, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, United States, 1984


Katrina Burgess is Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Henry J. Leir Institute of Migration and Human Security at the Fletcher School. She is the author of two award-winning books: Courting Migrants: How States Make Diasporas and Diasporas Make States (Oxford, 2020) and Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy (Pittsburgh, 2004). She has published numerous articles and book chapters on labor politics, remittances, migration, and diasporas, including a recent article in Electoral Studies with Michael Tyburski on political party outreach to voters abroad. In 2020, she wrote and produced Waylaid in Tijuana, a documentary about Haitian and Central American migrants whose journeys to the United States are disrupted by shifts in U.S. policy. Her current research addresses how U.S.-bound migrants assess risk and process information as they make the perilous journey north to the United States. Before coming to Fletcher, she taught at Brown University, Syracuse University, UCLA, and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). 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.
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Selected Publications

Burgess, K. (2020). Courting Migrants How States Make Diasporas and Diasporas Make States. Oxford University Press, USA.