David Scott FitzGerald is the 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.
Professor FitzGerald’s research program aims to understand the laws and policies regulating international migration as a total system of interactions among actors in countries of origin and destination. He explains how and why legal norms are diffused, the social origins of policy variation across time and place, and how the application of policy is experienced by actors in daily life.
His areas of expertise include international migration, migrant homeland politics, and comparative immigration and nationality law. Professor FitzGerald has written numerous books and articles and frequently comments on U.S. and Mexican policy in the U.S. and international media.