Michael A. Paarlberg

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Virginia Commonwealth University

Welcome to my site. I am an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. I am also an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. I was also the chief Latin America policy adviser to the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign.

I have a Ph.D. in political science from Georgetown University. I was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration at the University of Pennsylvania, and a contributor to the Guardian

My current book project is on drivers of migration and diaspora politics in Mexico, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic. 

I also serve as an expert witness in immigration and asylum cases involving Latin American 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 research on immigration and diaspora politics in: 

AS/COA's Latin America In Focus

The Washington Post

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute

El Faro


Read more about my research on gangs and citizen security in:

Migration Policy Institute

Duke Center for International Development

The Washington Post

See my profiles in:

CNN Chile

IQ Latino

Frank News