Associate Professor of Global Studies
Alexandra Délano Alonso is Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies at The New School and the current holder of the Eugene M. Lang Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She received her doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on diaspora policies, the transnational relationships between states and migrants, migration in the Central America-Mexico-US corridor, sanctuary, and the politics of memory in relation to borders, violence and migration. Her work is driven by a concern with the inequalities underlying forced migration, the structures that lead to the marginalization of undocumented migrants in the public sphere, and the practices of resistance and solidarity focused on migrants' acces to rights, from a transnational perspective.
She is co-founder and former co-director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility with Miriam Ticktin, as well as a member of The New School's Sanctuary Working Group and faculty advisor to La Xente student organization.
Professor Délano Alonso's current research focuses on transformative practices of solidarity across the Central America-Mexico-US migration corridor.
Born and raised in Mexico, her experience living across borders and her mixed origins as the granddaughter of immigrants have deeply shaped her research, teaching, mentoring, university service and activism.
Professor Délano Alonso's publications include the book From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration and Social Rights Beyond Borders (Oxford University Press, 2018) and the book Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848 (Cambridge University Press, 2011; El Colegio de México, 2014), co-winner of the William LeoGrande Prize for the best book on US-Latin America Relations.
She is also co-editor of the special issue on the Microfoundations of Disapora Politics (with Harris Mylonas, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2019) and the special issue on Borders and the Politics of Mourning (with Benjamin Nienass, Social Research,Summer 2016).
“Mexico’s Memorial to the Victims of Violence and the Facade of Participation”, co-authored with Benjamin Nienass, in Joyce Apsel and Amy Sodaro (eds.), Museums and Sites of Persuasion: Poltics, Memory and Human Rights, Routledge, 2019.
“American in Every Way, Except for Their Papers: How Mexico Supports Migrants’ Access to Membership in the US”, in Xóchitl Bada and Shannon Gleeson, Accountability Across Borders: Migrant Rights in North America, University of Texas Press, 2019.
“The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics: Unpacking the State and Disaggregating the Diaspora”, co-author with Harris Mylonas, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2019).
“Tránsitos futuros: fronteras y migración en México”, co-authored with Luicy Pedroza, in Humberto Beck and Rafael Lemus, El futuro que es hoy: ideas radicales para México, México, Malpaso (2018).
“Universidades santuario: hacia un movimiento transnacional”, in Jill Anderson and Carlos Garrido de la Calleja (eds.), Santuarios educativos en México. Proyectos y propuestas ante la criminalización de jóvenes Dreamers, retornados, deportados, y refugiados, México, Universidad Veracruzana/Otros Dreams en Acción (2018).
Essays and articles in newspapers and blogs
"Lo que está en juego en las negociaciones con Estados Unidos: la dignidad humana", El País, June 5, 2019.
“Women of Color Resisting Hegemony in the Academy: An interview with Manya C. Whitaker and Eric A. Grollman”, Co-authored with Marianna Poyares, Public Seminar, May 24, 2019.
“México como país santuario” Nexos, February 1, 2019.
“La caravana y la política migratoria que México necesita”, Letras Libres, October 23, 2018 (co-authored with Karina Arias and Rodolfo Córdova).
Performances and Appearances
“Step Up, Rise Up, and Reimagine a Radically Just World”, A Commencement Address to the Graduates of Eugene Lang College, May 18, 2017.
migration, diasporas, transnationalism, memory, sanctuary, solidarity, Mexico
Awards And Honors
Fulbright-Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies, 2014-15.
William M. LeoGrande Prize for Best Book on U.S.-Latin American Relations. Co-winner, American University, February 2013.
Distinguished University Teaching Award, The New School, June 2012.
Faculty Advisor Excellence Award, The New School, May 2012.