Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Alexandra Delano

    Associate Professor of Global Studies; Chair and Departmental Faculty Advisor for Global Studies


    Alexandra Délano Alonso is Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies at The New School and the current holder of the Eugene M. Lang Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She received her doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on diaspora policies, the transnational relationships between states and migrants, migration in the Central America-Mexico-US corridor, sanctuary, and the politics of memory in relation to borders, violence and migration. Her work is driven by a concern with the inequalities underlying forced migration, the structures that lead to the marginalization of undocumented migrants in the public sphere, and the practices of resistance and solidarity focused on migrants' acces to rights, from a transnational perspective.

    She is co-founder and former co-director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility with Miriam Ticktin, as well as a member of The New School's Sanctuary Working Group and faculty advisor to La Xente student organization.

    Professor Délano Alonso's current research focuses on transformative practices of solidarity across the Central America-Mexico-US migration corridor.

    Born and raised in Mexico, her experience living across borders and her mixed origins as the granddaughter of immigrants have deeply shaped her research, teaching, mentoring, university service and activism.



    Professor Délano Alonso's publications include the book From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration and Social Rights Beyond Borders (Oxford University Press, 2018) and the book Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848 (Cambridge University Press, 2011; El Colegio de México, 2014), co-winner of the William LeoGrande Prize for the best book on US-Latin America Relations. 

    She is also co-editor of the special issue on the Microfoundations of Disapora Politics (with Harris Mylonas, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2019) and the special issue on Borders and the Politics of Mourning (with Benjamin Nienass, Social Research,Summer 2016).



    Recent Publications:

    Recent Publications:

    • “Mexico’s Memorial to the Victims of Violence and the Facade of Participation”, co-authored with Benjamin Nienass, in Joyce Apsel and Amy Sodaro (eds.), Museums and Sites of Persuasion: Poltics, Memory and Human Rights, Routledge, 2019.
    • “American in Every Way, Except for Their Papers: How Mexico Supports Migrants’ Access to Membership in the US”, in Xóchitl Bada and Shannon Gleeson, Accountability Across Borders: Migrant Rights in North America, University of Texas Press, 2019.
    • “The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics: Unpacking the State and Disaggregating the Diaspora”, co-author with Harris Mylonas, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2019).
    • “Tránsitos futuros: fronteras y migración en México”, co-authored with Luicy Pedroza, in Humberto Beck and Rafael Lemus, El futuro que es hoy: ideas radicales para México, México, Malpaso (2018).
    • “Universidades santuario: hacia un movimiento transnacional”, in Jill Anderson and Carlos Garrido de la Calleja (eds.), Santuarios educativos en México. Proyectos y propuestas ante la criminalización de jóvenes Dreamers, retornados, deportados, y refugiados, México, Universidad Veracruzana/Otros Dreams en Acción (2018).
    • “Escuchar”, in Froylán Enciso and Fernando Nieto, eds. Sembradores de Paz: Una reflexión colectiva para responder a la violencia, Ciudad de México, Instituto Belisario Domínguez, Senado de la República (2017)
    • Queremos exportar bienes, no personas: La migración mexicana en el contexto del TLCAN (1994-2014)”, in Integración en América del Norte (1994-2016), El Colegio de México (2017)
    • “Borders and the Politics of Mourning”, co-author with Benjamin Nienass, Social Research (Vol. 83, No. 2, Summer 2016, pp. xxi-xxxiii).
    • “Deaths, Visibility and Responsibility: The Politics of Mourning at the US-Mexico Border”, co-author with Benjamin Nienass, Social Research (Vol. 83, No. 2, Summer 2016, pp. 421-452)
    • “Bringing the Dead Back into Society: An Interview with Mercedes Doretti”, co-author with Pablo Domínguez and Benjamin Niennas, Social Research (Vol. 83, No. 2, Summer 2016, pp. 511-534).

    • Essays and articles in newspapers and blogs
    • “México como país santuario” Nexos, February 1, 2019.
    • “La caravana migrante y la política migratoria que México necesita”, Letras Libres, October 23, 2018 (co-authored with Karina Arias and Rodolfo Córdova).
    • “Más allá de la separación familiar: la crisis del sistema migratorio”, Letras Libres, June 27, 2018 (translated into English and published in Public Seminar as “Beyond the separation of families: A view from Mexico on the crisis of the migration system”, July 11, 2018).
    • “Lo que no entienden los candidatos sobre migración”, NY Times en español, Op-Ed, May 24, 2018.
    • “Deported and Adrift in Mexico”, Los Angeles Times, Op-Ed, May 4, 2018.
    • “Tenacidad para el futuro”, Nexos, special edition México Mañana, January 2018.
    • “The New School as a Sanctuary Campus”, Public Seminar, April 28, 2017.
    • “U.S. Immigration Policy Propels an Invigorated Sanctuary Movement”, AULA Blog, Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, American University, April 18, 2017.
    • “Sanctuary Campus: Resistance and Protection within and beyond the University”, Avery Review, January 2017.
    • “Trump y la política migratoria de México”, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, January/March 2017, pp. 35-44..
    • “An Open Letter to Donald Trump on US-Mexico Ties”, Huffington Post, January 3, 2017.


    Performances And Appearances:

    Step Up, Rise Up, and Reimagine a Radically Just World”, A Commencement Address to the Graduates of Eugene Lang College, May 18, 2017. 

    Research Interests:

    migration, diasporas, transnationalism, memory, sanctuary, solidarity, Mexico

    Awards And Honors:

    Fulbright-Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies, 2014-15. 

    William M. LeoGrande Prize for Best Book on U.S.-Latin American Relations. Co-winner, American University, February 2013.

    Distinguished University Teaching Award, The New School, June 2012.

    Faculty Advisor Excellence Award, The New School, May 2012.


    Current Courses:

    Borders, Migrants, States

    Borders, Migrants, States

    Independent Study


    Internship (Fall 2018)

    Senior Capstone Rsrch Seminar

    Senior Capstone Rsrch Seminar (Fall 2018)

    Senior Capstone Writing Wkshp

    Thesis Supervision