Lauren Duquette-Rury

Lauren Duquette-Rury

Associate Professor


2228 Faculty/Administration Bldg. (FAB)


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Lauren Duquette-Rury

Using qualitative and quantitative methods, my research examines the consequences of international migration on democracy, development, citizenship and state-society relations in migrant countries of origin and destination. My first book, Exit and Voice: The Paradox of Cross-Border Politics in Mexico (2019, UC Press), studies the conditions under which organized migrant groups located in destination countries participate in the provision of social welfare in their places of origin and how this transnational participation affects local democracy. The book received the International Studies Association 2020 Distinguished Book Award for the Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section, the American Sociological Association Sociology of Development Section's 2021 Best Scholarly Book Award and the American Political Science Association Migration and Citizenship Section's Outstanding Book Award. 

In my second book-length project, Naturalizing Under Threat: Citizenship in the Age of Immigration Enforcement, I study the underlying factors that explain who, among the eligible immigrant population, decides to become an American citizen through naturalization. Drawing on historical data, panel data, and in-depth interviews in four states, the book shows that sociopolitical threats including restrictive immigration legislation, anti-immigrant vitriol, and interior enforcement programs and policing, explain substantial variation in naturalization generally and across targeted groups including Latino/as/x and Arab origin immigrants. 

My research articles have been published in leading peer-review journals including the American Sociological Review, International Migration Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Social Science & Medicine, RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Latin American Research Review, and other outlets. Funding for this research has been provided by the Russell Sage Foundation and Carnegie Corporation, the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the National Academies, the Tinker Foundation and the University of Chicago, and at UCLA the Hellman Fellows Program, the Center for the Study of International Migration, the Center for American Politics and Public Policy, and the Academic Senate. I was honored to receive the 2020-2021 junior faculty award for Academic Excellence from the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars and 2022-2023 Career Development Chair Award by the Office of the President. In 2023, I received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and a Humanities Center Fellowship. In 2023-2024, I was awarded the Humanities Center's Marilyn Williamson Endowed Chair Fellowship. 

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and my B.A. in International Studies (with honors) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I also worked as an economic analyst for the Economic Research Service at the USDA and Nathan Associates, an economic consulting firm in Washington, D.C.. Most recently, I was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCLA (2013-2018) and a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • International migration, race and ethnicity, vigilantism, citizenship, political sociology, development and globalization, democratization, and mixed methods research


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2011

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Selected publications

  • Ro, A., Bruckner, T. A., & Duquette-Rury, L. (2020). "Immigrant Apprehensions and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from California birth records 2008–2015." Social Science & Medicine, 249, 112849
  • Duquette-Rury, L. (2020) Exit and Voice: The Paradox of Cross-Border Politics in Mexico. Oakland, CA: University of California Press
  • Clarisa Pérez-Armendáriz and Lauren Duquette-Rury. (2021). “The 3x1 Program for Migrants and Self-Defense Forces in Contemporary Mexico,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 47(6): 1414-1433
  • Duquette-Rury, L. & Zhenxiang Chen. (2018) "Does International Migration Affect Political Participation? Evidence from Multiple Data Sources Across Mexican Municipalities, 1990–2013." International Migration Review, 0197918318774499
  • Duquette-Rury, L. (2016). Migrant Transnational Participation: How Citizen Inclusion and Government Engagement Matter for Local Democratic Development in Mexico. American Sociological Review, 81(4), 771-799
  • Waldinger, R., & Duquette-Rury, L. (2016). "Emigrant Politics, Immigrant Engagement: Homeland Ties and Immigrant Political Identity in the United States." RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences
  • Duquette-Rury, L. (2014). "Collective remittances and transnational coproduction: the 3× 1 program for migrants and household access to public goods in Mexico." Studies in Comparative International Development, 49(1), 112-139
  • Simpser, A., Duquette-Rury, L., & Ibarra, J. F. (2016). "The Political Economy of Social Spending by Local Government: A Study of the 3× 1 Program in Mexico." Latin American Research Review, 51(1), 62-83

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Courses taught by Lauren Duquette-Rury

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