Clarisa teaches courses in comparative politics, international migration, and applied quantitative methods. Her research explores how international migrants influence politics and economics in their origin countries, particularly Mexico.
Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2009; M.P.P. Harvard Kennedy School of Government 1998; B.A. Pomona College 1996
Clarisa's research explores how international migrants affect political and economic development in their origin countries. She is particularly interested in how the domestic politics of migrants’ origin and host countries, global politics and economics, and identities shape migrants’ attitudes towards and relationships with the citizens, leaders, and governing institutions of the countries they left behind, and how these attitudes and relationships, in turn, condition migrants’ influence on people and public life in their origin countries. She has published in Comparative Political Studies, and Studies in Comparative Political Development.
Clarisa completed her Ph.D. in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. She also has a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government with an emphasis on International Security and Political Economy. She served as a US Foreign Service officer in Mexico City and India between 1998-2002.