I am an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Demographic, Urban, and Environmental Studies (CEDUA) of El Colegio de México since January 2016. I am also an adjunct professor at the Department of Sociology at McGill University since August 2016.
My scholarship bridges sociology and demography, engaging with theories in family, migration, and race and ethnic studies, and applying statistical methods to policy relevant problems. Specifically, I am interested in internal and international migration, immigrant integration and family dynamics, inequality, and how policy mediates these processes. I have studied return migration to Mexico and its implications for more than a decade. My work aims to contribute to the understanding of North America as a region of emigration, immigration, transit, and return migration.
My scholarship has been published at Demography, Population Research and Policy Review (2012) and (2019), Advances in Life Course Research, Coyuntura Demográfica, by the Migration Policy Institute, as policy briefs (Three Decades of Migration from the Northern Triangle of Central America: A Historical and Demographic Outlook or A migration system in the making. Demographic dynamics and migration policies in North America and the NTCA), and as book chapters in edited volumes (e.g. The Changing Patterns of Return Migration from the USA to Mexico and Their Policy Implications).
I coordinate the Seminar Migration, Inequality and Public Policy which is part of the Network of Studies on Inequality at El Colegio de México. As part of the activities of the Seminar I started a series of video interviews with migration scholars to discuss about different dimensions of inequality associated with migration and how policy can alleviate these inequalities. I participated in the last North American Forum, the last Binational dialogue on Mexican migrants in the United States and Mexico and I am currently a member of the Central America – North America Migration Dialogue (CANAMID).
I am a member of the Mexican Researchers System (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, SNI Nivel 1) since January 2017. I was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Urbanisation, Culture et Société (INRS-UCS) during 2015. I hold a PhD in Sociology from McGill University. I received my MSc in Statistics from The University of Texas at Austin and my BSc in Applied Mathematics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, where I also received a diploma in Dynamic Econometric Models. I have additional graduate training in demography from the Centre on Population Dynamics at McGill University and from the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Before graduate school, I worked at the Mexican Social Policy Evaluation Council (CONEVAL) and at the Social Development Ministry (SEDESOL).