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Kara Ross Camarena

Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago

Kara Ross Camarena is an Assistant Professor, who specializes in political economy of migration. Her research asks questions about how human mobility and conflict interact and considers implications for development and foreign aid. Professor Camarena’s work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, PLOS One, and World Development. She is a faculty affiliate of the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and she has done fieldwork in East Africa. Before joining Loyola University Chicago, Professor Camarena was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago. She has partnered with government and non-government organizations to evaluate migrant and development programs. Before returning to the academy, she worked in the non-profit sector in the US and in development in Tanzania.


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    Assistant professor, Loyola University Chicago