Katrina Burgess

Katrina Burgess

Cabot 603B
160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Research/Areas of Interest:

Transit migration and asylum policies in the Central America-Mexico-US corridor; Diaspora politics; Voting from abroad


  • Ph.D., Politics, Princeton University
  • M.A., University of Southern California
  • B.A., Swarthmore College


Professional Activities

  • Writer and  Producer, Waylaid in Tijuana: How US Asylum Policy is Shaping Migrant Lives (documentary film, December 2019)
  • Principal Investigator, Mexico Team, Financial Integration in Displacement (IRC/OSF-funded research project in Tijuana, 2019)
  • Co-Director, Transit Migration and Deportation in the Americas, Bridging the Gap project funded by Carnegie Corporation (2016-2018)
  • Visiting Scholar, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. May 2018
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego. January to June 2017
  • Member of Executive Committee, New England Council on Latin American Studies (NECLAS) (2014-2015)
  • Visiting Scholar, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University (2002-2010)
  • William R. Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University(2000-2002)
  • Assistant Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (1998-2003)
  • Visiting professor at ITAM (1994) and UCLA (1997-1998)
  • Associate Director of U.S.-Mexico Project (Washington, DC) and California-Mexico Project (Los Angeles, CA) (1988-1991)

Areas of expertise

Economic Development
Globalization & Trade
International Politics
Political Development

Courses taught

Selected Publications and Presentations


When Parties Go Abroad: Explaining Patterns of Extraterritorial Voting (with Michael Tyburski). Electoral Studies 66 (2020).

States or Parties? Emigrant Outreach and Transnational Engagement. International Political Science Review 39:3 (2018), 369-383.

Organized Migrants and Accountability from Afar. Latin American Research Review 51:2 (2016), 150-173.

International Migration and Home Country Politics (with Covadonga Meseguer). Studies in Comparative International Development 49:1 (2014), 1-12.

Unpacking the Diaspora Channel in New Democracies: When Do Migrants Act Politically Back Home? Studies in Comparative International Development 49:1 (2014), 13-43.

Collective Remittances and Migrant-State Collaboration in Mexico and El Salvador. Latin American Politics & Society 54:4 (2012), 119-146.

Global Pressures, National Policies, and Labor Rights In Latin America. Studies in Comparative International Development 45:2 (2010), 198-224.

Explaining Populist Party Adaptation in Latin America (with Steven Levitsky). Comparative Political Studies 36:8 (October 2003).

Loyalty Dilemmas And Market Reform: Party-Union Alliances Under Stress in Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela. World Politics 52 (October 1999), 105-34.


Section Editor on Mixed Migration, Handbook on Forced Migration, edited by Karen Jacobsen and Nassim Majidi, Edward Elgar Publishing. Under contract.

Courting Migrants: How States Make Diasporas and Diasporas Make States (New York: Oxford University Press, August 2020).

Covadonga Meseguer and Katrina Burgess (eds.), Special Issue on International Migration and Home Country Politics. Studies in Comparative International Development 49:1 (2014).

Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004). Winner of 2006 Outstanding Book Award for Best Publication on Labor Issues granted by the Section of Labor Studies and Class Relations of the Latin American Studies Association.

Abraham F. Lowenthal and Katrina Burgess (eds.), The California-Mexico Connection (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993). Also published in Spanish as La conexión México-California (México, DF: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 1995).