I’m a research scholar at the NYU School of Law and adjunct professor in the NYU Masters Program in International Relations. My teaching and research focus on the political economy of global market integration, social welfare, and labor migration in developing countries, particularly Latin America.
I am the author of Outsourcing Welfare: How the Money Immigrants Send Home Contributes to Stability in Developing Countries, which will be published in early 2018 by Oxford University Press. The book argues that migrants’ financial remittances have been a force for political and social stability in many developing countries in the neoliberal era. Outsourcing Welfare is based on ethnographic 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 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.
In addition to my written work, I’ve directed 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.). I live in Brooklyn with my wife, step-daughter, and chihuahua, Henry. I enjoy traveling and cycling with my family.