Lauren  Duquette-Rury

Lauren Duquette-Rury

Assistant Professor

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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. In my first book, Exit and Voice: The Paradox of Cross-Border Politics in Mexico (forthcoming UC Press), I study the conditions under which organized migrant groups located in destination countries participate in the provision of social welfare in their places of origin. The book describes when and how this transnational participation affects local governance and political and civic participation. In my second book-length project, tentatively titled 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 a field experiment, statistical analysis of panel data at the county, state, and national level, and in-depth qualitative interviews in three states, the book shows that sociopolitical threats including restrictive immigration legislation, anti-immigrant vitriol, and interior enforcement programs and policing, explain more of the variation in naturalization.

My research articles have been published in leading peer-review journals including the American Sociological Review, International Migration Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesRSF: 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 received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2011 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, Political Sociology, Mixed Methods, Development and Globalization


  • PhD, University of Chicago, 2011

Selected publications

Clarisa Pérez-Armendáriz and Lauren Duquette-Rury. (2019). “The 3x1 Program for Migrants and Self-Defense Forces in Contemporary Mexico,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

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.

Courses taught

Soc 3510, People on the Move, Winter 2018, 3 credits

Soc 4200, Methods: Social Science Research, Winter 2018, 3 credits

Soc 7500, Advanced Qualitative Methods, Winter 2019, 3 credits