Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Alexandra Delano

    Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies

    Office Location:

    80 Fifth Avenue


    Alexandra Délano Alonso is Associate Professor and Chair 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 research focuses on diaspora policies, the transnational relationships between states and migrants, immigrant integration, and the politics of memory in relation to undocumented migration. Her work is driven by a concern with the inequalities underlying the causes of migration, the structures that lead to the marginalization of undocumented migrants in the public sphere, and the limited protection of their rights, from a transnational perspective.

    Her publications include the book From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration and Social Rights Beyond Borders (Oxford University Press, 2018) and the book Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848 (Cambridge University Press, 2011; El Colegio de México, 2014), co-winner of the William LeoGrande Prize for the best book on US-Latin America Relations. 

    She is also co-editor of the special issue on the Microfoundations of Disapora Politics (with Harris Mylonas, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2018) and the special issue on Borders and the Politics of Mourning (with Benjamin Nienass, Social Research,Summer 2016).

    She is a faculty fellow at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility and a member of The New School's Sanctuary Working Group.


    Recent Publications:

    • “The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics: Unpacking the State and Disaggregating the Diaspora”, co-author with Harris Mylonas, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (published online December 28, 2017).
    • “Universidades santuario: hacia un movimiento transnacional”, in Jill Anderson and Carlos Garrido de la Calleja (eds.), Santuarios educativos en México. Proyectos y propuestas ante la criminalización de jóvenes Dreamers, retornados, deportados, y refugiados, México, Universidad Veracruzana/Otros Dreams en Acción, 2017.
    • “Escuchar”, in Froylán Enciso and Fernando Nieto, eds. Sembradores de Paz: Una reflexión colectiva para responder a la violencia, Ciudad de México, Instituto Belisario Domínguez, Senado de la República, 2017, pp. 89-93.
    • Queremos exportar bienes, no personas: La migración mexicana en el contexto del TLCAN (1994-2014)”, in Integración en América del Norte (1994-2016), El Colegio de México, 2017.
    • “Borders and the Politics of Mourning”, co-author with Benjamin Nienass, Social Research (Vol. 83, No. 2, Summer 2016, pp. xxi-xxxiii).
    • “Deaths, Visibility and Responsibility: The Politics of Mourning at the US-Mexico Border”, co-author with Benjamin Nienass, Social Research (Vol. 83, No. 2, Summer 2016, pp. 421-452)
    • “Bringing the Dead Back into Society: An Interview with Mercedes Doretti”, co-author with Pablo Domínguez and Benjamin Niennas, Social Research (Vol. 83, No. 2, Summer 2016, pp. 511-534).
    • “¿Un puente hacia la integración? las políticas mexicanas de vinculación con la diáspora” (A Bridge to Integration? Mexico’s Diaspora Policies), Revista Mexicana de Política Exterior, no. 107, pp. 75-95, 2016.

      Essays and articles in newspapers and blogs
    • “Tenacidad para el futuro”, Nexos, special edition México Mañana, January 2018.
    • “The New School as a Sanctuary Campus”, Public Seminar, April 28, 2017.
    • “U.S. Immigration Policy Propels an Invigorated Sanctuary Movement”, AULA Blog, Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, American University, April 18, 2017.
    • “Sanctuary Campus: Resistance and Protection within and beyond the University”, Avery Review, January 2017.
    • “Trump y la política migratoria de México”, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, January/March 2017, pp. 35-44..
    • “An Open Letter to Donald Trump on US-Mexico Ties”, Huffington Post, January 3, 2017.


    Performances And Appearances:

    Step Up, Rise Up, and Reimagine a Radically Just World”, A Commencement Address to the Graduates of Eugene Lang College, May 18, 2017. 

    Research Interests:

    migration, diasporas, transnationalism, memory, Mexico

    Awards And Honors:

    Fulbright-Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies, 2014-15. 

    William M. LeoGrande Prize for Best Book on U.S.-Latin American Relations. Co-winner, American University, February 2013.

    Distinguished University Teaching Award, The New School, June 2012.

    Faculty Advisor Excellence Award, The New School, May 2012.


    Current Courses:

    Transnational Border Lab


    Independent Study

    Global Engagement

    Thesis Supervision

    Senior Capstone Rsrch Seminar

    Thesis Colloquium