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. and a regular contributor to the Guardian.
I have a Ph.D. in political science from Georgetown University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration at the University of Pennsylvania.
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
El Salvador's El Faro (en español).
"Paying Tipped Workers Better Wouldn't Lead to Fewer Restaurant Jobs" (with Teofilo Reyes, Washington Post)
"Don't Believe the Trump Administration: MS-13 Is Not Ravaging the United States" (Washington Post)
Recent media appearances:
- WIQO (Lynchburg)
- CNN Chile
- La República (Peru)
- Dallas Morning News
- US News and World Report
- Bloomberg Law
- KPFK (Los Angeles), KPFA (Berkeley), & Free Speech TV
- WOLB (Baltimore)
- The Houston Chronicle
- WGBH (Boston)
- The Washington Times
- The Swamp podcast (Washington, DC)
- Télam (Argentina)
- Share Radio (UK)
- RSI Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland)
Feel free to contact me at mapaarlberg (at) vcu (dot) edu. Follow me on Twitter @mpaarlberg.