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 currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation work that will be published with Columbia University Press. 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 and has researched the effects of DACA on immigrant young adults. 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 collective identity at large.
During the 2020-21 academic year she will teach undergraduate seminars on Latinx Identity and Mobilization (spring 2021) and Subcultures (fall term 2020), and undergraduate lecture courses on Social Movements (fall 2020) and Media and Society (spring term 2021).