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Leydy Diossa-Jimenez

Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, UCLA

Residency: September 2020 – May 2021

Research Project: Emigrant Political Rights in Latin America, Dual Citizenship, Voting, and Representation

Research Interest: International migration, political sociology and the sociology of law


Leydy Diossa-Jimenez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at UCLA. Her research interests include international migration, political sociology and sociology of law. She is particularly interested in the gap between approval, implementation and use of emigrant political rights. 

Her research examines whether new forms of political rights of citizens outside the national territories can translate into substantive participation and representation of emigrant populations. She studies the political processes leading Colombia, Mexico and Argentina to expand or limit emigrants' political rights. Her project compares these three countries as different pathways towards the political recognition of emigrants living abroad, looking at data spanning back to the 1970s. Her dissertation developed a mixed-method strategy that combines qualitative comparative analysis, historical records, interviews and ethnography. Her research has been funded by the Department of Education, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Science Foundation - Law and Science Program (NSF – L&S), and the Latin American Institute, as well as the Center for Mexican Studies and the Will Rogers Memorial Fellowship at UCLA.