• Alexandra Delano

    Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies

    Office Location:

    80 Fifth Avenue


    Alexandra Délano Alonso is Assistant Professor of Global Studies and the current holder of the Eugene M. Lang Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She received her doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on diaspora policies, the transnational relationships between states and migrants, immigrant integration, and the politics of memory in relation to undocumented migration.

    Her book Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848 (Cambridge University Press, 2011) was the co-winner of the William LeoGrande Prize for the best book on US-Latin America Relations and was published in Spanish by El Colegio de México in 2014. The book was reviewed inPerspectives on Politics, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Foreign Affairs, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Americas Quarterly,, Revista Mexicana de Política Exterior, and Política y Gobierno. 

    Recent publications include the forthcoming special issue on Borders and the Politics of Mourning (co-editor and co-author with Benjamin Nienass, Social Research,Summer 2016); “The diffusion of diaspora engagement policies: A Latin American Agenda”, Political Geography, 2014; and “Invisible Victims: Undocumented Migrants and the Aftermath of September 11”, Politics and Society, 2014 (co-author with Benjamin Nienass). She is also the author of Frontera Adentro (Border Within), a blog within the Mexican literary magazine Letras Libres.

    Professor Délano is associate editor for the journal Migration Studies (Oxford University Press) and co-director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School, a center that brings together faculty across disciplines to rethink the conceptual terms that describe the movement of people in order to both come up with new understandings of and responses to it, in the name of social justice and equality.


    Recent Publications:

    Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Emigration Policies Since 1848, New York: Cambridge University Press, June 2011.
    “Immigrant Integration vs. Transnational Ties? The Role of the Sending State”, Social Research, Vol. 77, No. 1, Spring 2010; translated into Spanish in Revista Mexicana de Política Exterior, No. 90, July-October 2010.
    “From Limited To Active Engagement: Mexico’s Emigration Policies from a Foreign Policy Perspective (2000-2006)”, International Migration Review, Vol. 43, No. 4, Winter 2009.
    “From ‘Shared Responsibility’ to a Migration Agreement? The Limits for Cooperation in the Mexico-United States Case (2000-2008)”, International Migration, 49, September 2009.
    “Del Congreso a los suburbios: Iniciativas locales para el control de la migración en Estados Unidos”, Revista Migración y Desarrollo, Spring 2008.
    “The Mexican Government and Organised Mexican Immigrants in The United States: A Historical Analysis of Political Transnationalism (1848-2005)”, co-authored with Gustavo Cano, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 33, no. 5, July 2007, pp. 695-725.
    “El Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior: ¿un instrumento de política exterior?”, in Mexicanos en el exterior: trayectoria y perspectivas, México, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, 2010.
    “Migration flows and security in North America”, co-authored with Mónica Serrano, in Elspeth Guild and Sandra Mantu (eds.), Constructing and Imagining Labour Migration: Perspectives of Control from Five Continents, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2011; translated into Spanish in Francisco Alba, Manuel Ángel Castillo and Gustavo Verduzco (coords.), Migraciones internacionales (Los grandes problemas de México; vol. 3), México, El Colegio de México, 2010.
    “De la 'no intervención' a la institucionalización: La evolución de las relaciones Estado-diáspora en el caso mexicano”, in Carlos González Gutiérrez (coord.), Relaciones Estado-Diáspora: perspectivas de América Latina y el Caribe. México DF: Miguel Ángel Porrúa, 2006.

    Current Courses:

    Transnational Border Lab

    Politics of Immigration in US

    Internship (Open Campus)

    Independent Study (Open Campus)

    Global Engagement (Open Campus)

    Thesis Supervision (Open Campus)

    Directed Research Seminar

    Thesis Colloquium