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Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa
Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program: Sociology

Degrees/Diplomas: B.A. Political Science, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey; M.A. Regional Development, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

Dissertation Title: Papers, Places, and Familias: Tracing the Social Mobility of Mexicans in New York

Research Interests: Mexicans in the United States, migration policies, state-diaspora relations, immigrant illegality, ethnography, demography, urban sociology and regional studies

Guillermo is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).  He received a B.A. in political science from Tec de Monterrey and a master’s degree in regional development from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana. Between 2008 and 2011, he worked for the Seminar on International Migration, the Migration Surveys in the North and South Borders of Mexico, the Mexican Migration Field Research Program, and collective projects on the human rights of migrants. He has been fellow at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.His dissertation focuses on the social mobility and family life of parents born in Mexico and living in three different counties in New York (Queens, the Bronx, and Suffolk County). The main research question in this project is: Why and how do certain undocumented immigrants and their families do better than others in terms of occupations, educational attainment, and family-household income? The bulk of his data comes from ethnographic cases of undocumented Mexicans identified since 2014 and ongoing work in the Mexican Initiative for Deferred Action (MIDA) project.