Director, Leir Institute for Migration and Human Security
Dr. Burgess is Associate Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Henry J. Leir Institute for Migration and Human Security at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is the author of Courting Migrants: How States Make Diasporas and Diasporas Make States (Oxford, 2020) and Parties and Unions the New Global Economy (University of Pittsburgh, 2004), along with numerous articles and book chapters on labor politics, remittances, migration, and diasporas. She is also writer and producer of Waylaid in Tijuana, a documentary about Haitians and Central Americans whose journeys to the United States are disrupted by sudden shifts in U.S. policy.
Dr. Burgess has been a consultant for USAID and served as Assistant Director of the U.S.-Mexico Project at the Overseas Development Council in Washington, DC and Associate Director of the California-Mexico Project at USC in Los Angeles. She received a BA in political science from Swarthmore College, an MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in politics from Princeton University.