I’m a research scholar and adjunct professor at New York University. My teaching and research focus on the political economy of globalization, social welfare, and labor migration in developing countries.

I am the author of Outsourcing Welfare: How the Money Immigrants Send Home Contributes to Stability in Developing Countries (Oxford University Press). My research has also been published in journals like 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, and I have contributed commentaries to publications such as Slate, The Los Angeles Times, and Vice News.

I’m also the writer/director of a feature-length documentary called The Other Side of Immigration (Winner of the American Library Association Notable Video Award), a documentary series called Immigrant America (Winner of the Bellingham Human Rights Festival Audience Award), and a short documentary called A Mexican Sound (Official Selection at the Boston Latino Film Festival, Cine Las Americas, the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and others). I’ve found that video can be a valuable tool for communicating social science research to broader audiences and advocating for social justice and marginalized groups.

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.).