Participant Info

First Name
Maria Cristina
Last Name
Cornell University
Website URL
immigration, refugees, immigration policy, Latinos, US-Mexico border, climate refugees,
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Personal Info

About Me
Recent Publications


  • The Refugee Challenge in Post-Cold War America (Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada (University of California Press, 2006).
  • Havana USA: Cuban exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida (University of California Press, 1996)


  • A Nation of Immigrants Reconsidered: The U.S. in an Age of Restriction, 1924-1965(co-edited anthology with Maddalena Marinari and Madeline Y. Hsu (under contract, University of Illinois Press, 2018)
  • Climate Refugees: The Environmental Origins of Refugee Migrations(manuscript in progress)


  • “National (In)security and the 1996 Immigration Act,” Modern American History, 1, no.2 (Summer 2018).
  • #ImmigrationSyllabus, 2017, (co-author of a public access syllabus on immigration-related topics.)
Media Coverage
My op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Conversation, Quartz, and the Orlando Sun-Sentinel. I have been interviewed on NPR (Morning Edition, The Hidden Brain). I have been interviewed for a number of media outlets (e.g.
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Migration & Immigration