Prof. David FitzGerald





David Scott FitzGerald is Theodore E. Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations, Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California San Diego. His research analyzes policies regulating migration and asylum in countries of origin, transit, and destination.

FitzGerald’s books include Refuge beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers (Oxford University Press, 2019); Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas (Harvard University Press, 2014), whose several awards include the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarly Book Award; A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages its Migration (University of California Press, 2009), and six edited volumes on Mexico-U.S. migration.

FitzGerald’s work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, Law and Society Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Comparative Studies in Society and History, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Qualitative Sociology, Connecticut Journal of International Law, and New York University Law Review. His current projects include directing the California Immigration Research Initiative and developing work at the intersection of international migration and refugee studies.