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Angie M. Bautista-Chavez

Ph.D. candidate in government, Harvard University

Residency: September 2018-December 2018

Research Project: Exporting Borders: The Domestic and International Politics of Migration Control

Research Interests: Migration; immigration policy; international relations; interstate cooperation; bureaucratic politics


Angie M. Bautista-Chavez is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of government at Harvard University. She earned her B.A. from Rice University in political science and policy studies. In her mixed-methods dissertation research, she examines contemporary immigration enforcement from an institutional and international perspective. Today, the United States attempts to collaborate with migration-sending, migration-transit and migration-receiving states to regulate the flow of people across international borders, but especially to monitor, deter, intercept and repatriate unauthorized migrants. In her dissertation research, Bautista-Chavez examines how U.S. and Mexican bureaucracies cooperate on the implementation of immigration enforcement.

Her research also examines how U.S.-Mexico cooperation on immigration enforcement varies across Mexico’s migration state types: Mexico as a migration-sending state, Mexico as a migration-transit state and Mexico as a migration- receiving state. Empirically, she is conducting key informant interviews with current and former government officials across executive agencies in both the United States and Mexico, along with text analyses of congressional, presidential and executive agency records. She is grateful for the support of the Ford Foundation Fellowship, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy.