About

I’m a research scholar at the NYU School of Law and adjunct professor in the NYU Masters Program in International Relations. My research focuses on the impact of remittances (money immigrants send to their home countries) on development and politics in developing countries, interventions to reduce anti-immigrant sentiment, and the political economy of Mexico and Central America.

My new book, Outsourcing Welfare: How the Money Immigrants Send Home Contributes to Stability in Developing Countries, will be published in early 2018 by Oxford University Press. The book argues that remittances have been a force for political and social stability in developing countries in the current era of neoliberal globalization. As the governments of developing countries pull back on welfare commitments, citizens abroad have increasingly sent more money home to help their family members cope with austerity, economic crises, and natural disasters. The money migrants send home reduces economic grievances in developing countries and the likelihood of political instability and civil unrest. Outsourcing Welfare is based on ethnographic research and survey research I conducted in rural Mexico with funding from the National Science Foundation and analyses of survey data from 50 developing countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

My research has also been published in Perspectives on Politics, The N.Y.U. Law Review, Latino Studies, Migration Studies, Electoral Studies, Research & Politics, and the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal.

I’m also the writer and director of a feature-length documentary called The Other Side of Immigration (2010), a documentary series called Immigrant America (2014), a short documentary called A Mexican Sound (2013).

I studied political science and international relations at the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A.), and Indiana University (B.A.). I live in Brooklyn with my wife, step-daughter, and chihuahua, Henry. I enjoy traveling and cycling with my family.