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Welcome to my site. I am an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University and currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration at the University of Pennsylvania (2017 - 2018). I am also an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. and a regular contributor to the Guardian. I have a Ph.D. in political science from Georgetown University. I am currently writing a book on transnational elections and diaspora politics in Mexico, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic. As a journalist, I write about labor, immigration, social science, and classical music. I have also served as an expert witness in cases involving Central American migration and security issues. Please follow the links in the menu for more about my academic and policy publications, journalism, and teaching. You can find my CV here.

Read more about the research in my upcoming book in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage, the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, and El Faro (en español).

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Feel free to contact me at mpaarlberg (at) ips-dc (dot) org. Follow me on Twitter @mpaarlberg.