Research Interests: International migration, identity, language, political mobilization, and ethnicity.
Cristina Fernández-Lacomba Gutiérrez received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego on December 2014. She Lectured in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University from 2014-2016 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from September 2016-2018. Her areas of expertise include international migration, social movements, law and society, ethnicity, identity, and language. Her current research focuses on Latin American migration to the United States and Spain.Her work has investigated comparatively how immigrants engaged in political organizations navigate their environment to improve policy by voicing their demands to governments.
Dr. Lacomba is currrently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation work that will be published with Columbia University Press. As member of the National UnDACAmented Research Project (NURP), she is analyzing the effects of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program on immigrants who arrived as undocumented children to the United States. Her research has been published in the journals Ethnicities, Social Politics, and Ethnic and Racial Studies along with a book chapter with Lynne Reinner Publishers. She has been engaged in immigrant community organizations both conducting research and providing language (Spanish-English) services. Dr. Lacomba's work has received funding from the Fulbright Commission in Spain and the Mutua Madrileña Foundation. She is passionate about matters of culture, language, and identity at large.
As a Lecturer on Sociology she will be teaching an undergraduate seminar on Latinx Studies during the 2019-20 academic year she will teach an undergraduate seminar on Latinx Identity and Mobilization (fall term), and an undergraduate lecture course on Social Movements (spring term).