Research Resume

Principal Investigator
“Globalización Neoliberal, transformación social y migración internacional: Migrantes estadounidenses y españoles en Chile”, Concurso Nacional Apoyo al Retorno de Investigadores/as desde el Extranjero; CONICYT Chile 2015-2017.

En este proyecto propongo analizar el proceso migratorio de estadounidenses y españoles a Chile durante las primeras décadas del siglo XXI. Para llevar a cabo este análisis desarrollaré una teoría de transformaciones de las estructuras sociales enmarcada en el actual proceso de globalización neoliberal aplicado a la migración internacional. Mi objetivo principal es analizar y comparar el proceso migratorio de estadounidenses y españoles a Chile en dos momentos históricos recientes: antes y después de la recesión global de 2008. Mi pregunta principal de investigación es: ¿Pueden teorizarse y explicarse los procesos migratorios recientes—en particular aquellos desde al norte global hacia el sur global—por las transformaciones sociales estructurales causadas por 1) una globalización neoliberal expansionista hasta el año 2008 y/o 2) una globalización neoliberal austera post 2008? Para comprobar esta propuesta teórica y analizar comparativamente la migración estadounidense y española utilizaré la metodología de la etno-encuesta. Esta metodología consiste en tres etapas: 1) trabajo de campo etnográfico e investigación de fuentes secundarias; (2) encuesta semi-estructurada; e (3) historias orales. La información recopilada me permitirá a) profundizar el desarrollo teórico de la migración internacionales desde la perspectiva de las trasformaciones sociales; b) explorar las características de dos grupos migratorios “invisibles” o usualmente no estudiados por su relativamente elevado nivel socio-económico; c) analizar las narrativas de los migrantes respecto de sus decisiones migratorias; y d) expandir el desarrollo del campo de estudio de la migración internacional en Chile.

Principal Investigator
“The Diaspora Outside of the Diaspora: Dominican Students in Michigan,” Michigan State University. 2013-2014

Funded by a Provost’s Undergraduate Research Engagement Program in the College of Social Science, with an undergraduate student in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences we are researching the international migration of Dominican college-aged students to two universities in Michigan.

Research Associate
Centro de Estudios de Políticas Públicas IGNIRE, Chile, 2012-Present

I am part of the board of a public policy think tank in Chile. In particular my role is to develop and promote research in topics of international migration as well as other relevant themes on population and development.

Research Assistant
Dr. Raymond Jussaume, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University (Jan-May 2012)

I assisted the Chair of the Department of Sociology in mentoring graduate students in developing their dissertation proposals.

Research Assistant
Dr. Toby Ten Eyck, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University (Aug-Dec 2011)

As a research assistant for Dr. Ten Eyck my role was to perform the coding and data analysis of newspaper articles using the SPSS statistical software and to prepare write-ups of this analysis. The output of this research is the article Reporting on Art in the City:  Newspaper coverage of public art in Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Chicago, 2001 – 2010,” published in the Journal of Urban Affairs in 2015. I was also involved in coding newspaper articles for a project on to explore the variation of coding among coders.

Research Assistant
Dr. Edward Murphy, Department of History and Global Urban Studies Program, Michigan State University (Jun 2009-May 2010; Aug-Dec 2011)

During my period as research assistant for Dr. Murphy I did archival research in Chile on topics of recent urban history and transcribed interviews for his project on housing changes in this country. I also helped in the technical preparation of the book Anthrohistory: unsettling knowledge, questioning discipline, edited by Dr. Murphy with others in 2011 and published by the University of Michigan Press. I also developed the website for the conference Infrastructures of Home and City: The Problem of Housing in Modern Urban Society using WordPress. This conference took place in October of 2010.

Research Assistant
Dr. Brendan Mullan, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University (Jan 2006-May 2008)

As a research assistant for Dr. Mullan I had to analyze recent demographic data in the state of Michigan as well as to prepare demographic maps using GIS software. Dr. Mullan used this information to present the population changes in Michigan to the state senators and representatives. I was also in charge of doing exploratory research on the topic of the demography of globalization. This research resulted in my conference presentation Modernity, Post Modernity and Globalization: Towards a Socio-demography of the Current Era, presented at the Annual Joint Conference North Central Sociological Association and Midwest Sociological Society in 2007. This research was later discontinued. Dr. Mullan also put me in charge of coordinating his undergraduate professorial assistants.

Research Assistant / Consultant
Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Center (CELADE), Population Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), United Nations (Jun 2001-Mar 2002; Aug-Dec 2004; Mar-Apr 2005).

During my different periods as a research assistant for CELADE I worked under the guidance of Jorge Martínez developing research inputs and other small research components for several programs on international migration in the Americas. Between June 2001 and March of 2002 I assisted in the organization of the Workshop “Taller de capacitación para el análisis de información censal sobre migración internacional en América Central” funded and/or sponsored by United Nations, the InterAmerican Development Bank and the International Organization for Migration. As part of this workshop I edited the country reports that are part of the book Informes nacionales sobre migración internacional en países de Centroamérica; Taller de capacitación para el análisis de información censal sobre migración internacional en América Central.
Between August and December of 2004 I assisted in the preparation of a conference on free-trade, integration processes and international migration in the Americas. In particular I prepared, applied, and analyzed a structured qualitative interview to international migration experts in Latin America. I presented the results of this analysis during the conference under the title Opiniones de expertos sobre migración internacional e integración regional. An edited version of the final report of this analysis and presentation are included in the second chapter of the document Lógica y paradoja: libre comercio, migración limitada: memorias del Taller sobre Migración Internacional y Procesos de Integración y Cooperación Regional edited by Jorge Martínez Pizarro and María Fernanda Stang in 2005 and published by CELADE. I also assisted in the literature review for this document.
Finally in March and April of 2005 I assisted in the preparation of the document Migración internacional y desarrollo en Nicaragua prepared by Eduardo Baumeister and published in 2006 by CEPAL.

Research Assistant/Consultant
International Organization for Migration, Field Mission in Chile (May 2003-June 2004; Oct 2000-June 2001)

As a consultant and under the supervision of the Officer in Charge of the Mission I coordinated the work of the Latin American Migration Information Center (CIMAL) in particular with regards to the documentation center and the research program of the mission. I participated in technical cooperation meetings with officers of the Chilean government in relation to the developing of an international migration policy. I prepared and carried a research and policy project on internal migration from Chile to Eastern Island (Rapa Nui), which the Mission presented to the Chilean Ministry of Interior. I prepared and negotiated with the Chilean Ministry of Health a research and policy project on Migration and AIDS in the northern border as well as project on recent migration from Argentina with the Argentinean Embassy and Consulate.

Intern
Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Center (CELADE), Population Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), United Nations (Aug 1999 – Feb 2000)

My tasks was mainly to prepare literature reviews for a research project on migration and youth. This research was published as Migración internacional de jóvenes latinoamericanos y caribeños: protagonismo y vulnerabilidad by Jorge Martínez Pizarro in 2000 by CELADE. I also prepared literature reviews in the area of migration and development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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