For most of her academic career, Alexandra Délano has studied migration. It may be a broad subject, but with the increasing ease of mobility—and the political and cultural repercussions attached to it—a crucial one. Her focus just recently paid off. The assistant professor of global studies at The New School for Social Research was awarded the inaugural William M. LeoGrande Prize for best book on relations between the U.S. and Latin America. Délano’s Mexico and its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848 examines how certain Mexican emigration policies in effect from 1848-2010 have changed the bilateral relationship with the U.S.
“Until recently, little attention had been paid to the role that migrant-sending states play in shaping migration flows,” said Délano. “The interest from the LeoGrande Award committee in this work shows that there is a growing interest in understanding the Mexican perspective, the development of its migration policies, and their impact in the current debates on immigration in the U.S.”
The award was established in 2012 to recognize LeoGrande’s tenure as dean of American University’s School of Public Affairs, which he held from 2003 to 2012. As one of the world’s most accomplished scholars in the politics of Latin American and U.S. foreign policy, LeoGrande has served as a fellow on the Council of Foreign Relations and as a Pew Faculty Fellow in International Affairs.
Interested in learning more? Read an excerpt of the book here or watch a video of The New School hosting the book’s launch above.