Tuesday Seminar on Latin American Studies


Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S250

"Bureaucratic Entrepreneurs, Reputations, and Shocks: A Theory of Transnational Bureaucratic Cooperation on Migration Control"


Angie Bautista-Chavez, Executive Committee; Graduate Student Associate. PhD Candidate, Department of Government, Harvard University.


Frances Hagopian, Faculty Associate (on leave fall 2019). Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Department of Government, Harvard University.


Jillian Scales


In this presentation, Bautista-Chavez shares findings from her dissertation project, titled: "Exporting Borders: The Domestic and International Politics of Migration Control". Using key informant interviews and archival research, she examine two central questions. First, why and how has the United States internationalized U.S. immigration enforcement? Second, under what conditions do U.S. and Mexican bureaucracies cooperate on migration control? She argues that the nature and institutionalization of U.S.-Mexico cooperation on migration control can be explained by entrepreneurial bureaucrats acting transnationally, and their strategic leveraging of changes in migration patterns, bureaucratic reputations, and securitized migration.

The Tuesday Seminar Series is a bring your own brown bag lunch series. Please feel free to enjoy your lunch at the lecture, drinks will be provided.