In September 15th, I joined the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at our National University of Distance Education (UNED). I look forward to working with the excellent researchers the department hosts. I also want to express my gratitude to ICADE, Comillas University, for the opportunity of working with them these past two years.
Later this year, Princeton University Press will publish our book “Migration and Democracy: How Remittances Undermine Dictatorship.” (with Abel Escribà-Folch and Joseph Wright). Migration and Democracy focuses on the effects of worker remittances—money sent by migrants back to their home countries—and how these resources shape political action in the Global South. Remittances are not only the … More Forthcoming book and Foreign Affairs piece
The resource mobilization theory has long emphasized the role of resources in facilitating collective mobilization. In turn, recent research on crime and insecurity in Mexico has drawn attention to the role of local networks of solidarity in facilitating mobilization against crime. We rely on these two literatures to propose that remittances — that is, the resources … More New Publication in International Migration Review
On June 16th we celebrate the International Day of Family Remittances. Due to COVID-19, remittances are expected to fall by 20%, while the cost of sending money home remains too high. I wrote this short blog post in Spanish to explain why remittances deserve an International Day and why it is important to keep them … More International Day of Family Remittances
My article “Return migration, crime, and electoral engagement in Mexico” co-authored with Prof. Christian Ambrosius (UNAM, Mexico and Free University Berlin) has now been published in Electoral Studies. In this article, we contribute to the debate on the positive or negative political impact of return migrants using municipal data on voter turnout and on rates … More New Publication in Electoral Studies
Happy to share this promotional video of my research lines under the Santander Chair of Excellence, at IJM UC3M (2018). Grateful for having had this opportunity to make progress in my research on emigration and collective mobilisation against crime in Mexico; and on remittances and their role facilitating democratic transitions. Please, check the promotional video … More Promotional Video of Research, Santander Chair of Excellence.
Our paper “Remittances, Exchange Rates, and Central Bank Independence” was recently published in Oxford Development Studies. This is work in co-authorship with Carolina Garriga-Phillips (Essex University). In this paper, we explore how remittances affect the choice of exchange rate regimes. Previous research shows that remittances, by easing the ‘impossible trinity’, increase the probability of governments … More New Publication in Oxford Development Studies
Our paper “Family Remittances and Vigilantism in Mexico” (co-authored with Sandra Ley (CIDE) and Eduardo Ibarra-Olivo (LSE)) was recently published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. We explore the role of workers’ remittances in supporting vigilante organisations in Mexico. Research on remittances posits both a positive and a negative effect on collective action … More New Publication in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Recent presentations of research have included the Department of Politics and Law at the University of Salamanca (19 February 2019) and at the Institute for Public Policies, 11 December 2019 (Spanish Council for Scientific Research). I also presented my work at IMISCOE Annual Meeting, which took place in Mälmo (Sweden) in July 2019.
The article “Remittances and Protest in Dictatorships”, co-authored with Dr. Abel Escribà-Folch and Professor Joseph Wright appeared in the American Journal of Political Science. Remittances—money migrant workers send back home—are the second largest source of international financial flows in developing countries. As with other sources of international finance, such as foreign direct investment and foreign … More New Publication in the American Journal of Political Science