My research is motivated by a fundamental question: in an increasingly global world, how are the boundaries of political representation being redefined? I explore these shifting dynamics at the local, national, and transnational level, with a focus on highly developed post-industrial societies (primarily Europe and the United States). My research can be organized into two primary streams. The first (solo) project explores the dynamics of political representation and inclusion in new destination countries, with a particular focus on Ireland. The second (collaborative) project examines access to social protection for immigrant populations, with a particular focus on the undocumented.
Why do native political actors in new destinations treat non-citizens as constituents? And how do new immigrant communities become engaged in electoral politics?
How do internationally mobile individuals gain access to social protection outside of their countries of origin?