Affiliated Graduate Faculty

While we encourage our graduate students to work with faculty in many disciplines across the campus, graduate courses and independent studies offered by these affiliated graduate faculty count as Politics courses for purposes of our PhD program requirements. Moreover, affiliated graduate faculty can be considered as Politics members of a QE or thesis committee, excluding the role of chair.

Adrián Félix
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Affiliations Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Politics Department, Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Office Location 109 Merrill Academic Building
  • Office Hours Spring 2018: T/Th 2-3PM & by appt.
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Courses Taught LALS 20: Latino Politics, LALS 80D: Political Change in Mexico, LALS 80F: Latinos in the US: A Comparative Perspective, LALS 100A: Social Science Analytics, LALS 115: Mexico-United States Migration, LALS 194U: Political Violence in Mexico, LALS 220: Transnational Civil Society: Limits & Possibilities

Research Interests

International migration; México-U.S. migration; Migrant transnationalism; State-diaspora relations; Latino politics; Politics of citizenship; Politics of México

Biography, Education and Training

Adrián Félix received his Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Southern California in 2010. From 2011-2013, he was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies (LALS) at UCSC. His research focuses on México-U.S. migration, migrant transnationalism and racial/ethnic politics and identity. His work has been published in the American Quarterly, American Behavioral Scientist, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Latin American Research Review and the North American Congress on Latin America. He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Transnational (After)life: The Political Life Cycle of Mexican Migrants.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, 2016

UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013

Selected Publications

  • "New Americans or Diasporic Nationalists? Mexican Migrant Responses to Naturalization and Implications for Political Participation." American Quarterly 60 (3): 601-624, 2008
  • "Political Protest, Ethnic Media, and Latino Naturalization." With Carmen González and Ricardo Ramírez. American Behavioral Scientist 52 (4): 618-634, 2008
  • "Transnational Stakeholders: Latin American Migrant Transnationalism and Civic Engagement in the United States." With Ricardo Ramírez. Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy 23: 59-82, 2010-2011
  • "Posthumous Transnationalism: Postmortem Repatriation from the United States to Mexico." Latin American Research Review 46 (3): 157-179, 2011
  • "Dreams of Citizenship, Naturalization Nightmare: New Naturalization Norms Needed." Berkeley: Center for Latino Policy Research, 2013
  • "The Limits of Latinidad?  Immigration Attitudes Across Latino National Origin Groups."  With Lorena Castro and Ricardo Ramírez. 

Selected Presentations

  • "Transnational (After)life: The Political Life Cycle of El Migrante," presented at Center for Latino Policy Research, UC Berkeley, April 2013
  • "Necronostalgia: Posthumous Escape Narratives from the Carceral City," presented at The Migrant Metropolis Conference, University of Maryland, March 2014
  • "The Failed Frontier: The Geopolitics of Criminalizing Drugs and Migrants at the U.S.-México Border," presented at Practical Activism Conference, UC Santa Cruz, October 2014
  • "Blood and Oil: Mexican Migrants' Views of the Peña Nieto Administration," presented at the American Political Science Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA, September 2015.