Erica Dobbs

Assistant Professor of Politics
With Pomona Since: 2018
  • Expertise


    Erica Dobbs’ research explores the shifting dynamics of citizenship and political membership in a world of mass migration. Her work focuses on two spheres: political representation and social protection.

    Her book project, Pathways to Participation, explores how and why native political actors create or maintain avenues to political participation for non-citizens in countries where immigration is a relatively new phenomenon. Related papers focus on immigrant political mobilization into electoral politics.

    As an affiliate of the Transnational Studies Initiative at Harvard University, she has also co-authored numerous papers on access to health care and other forms of social protection for immigrants.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Migration and Citizenship
    • Western Europe
    • Political Participation
    • Organized Labor
    • Comparative Social Policy
  • Work


    Forthcoming. “Social Welfare Grey Zones: How and why sub-national governments provide when nations do not,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (with Peggy Levitt, Sonia Parella and Alisa Petroff).

    2017: “The Missing Link? The Role of Subnational Governance in Global Social Protection,” Oxford Development Journal, 45(1):47-63. (with Peggy Levitt)

    2017: “Bureaucrats and the Ballot Box: State-Led Political Incorporation in Ireland,” in The Politics of New Immigrant Destinations: Transatlantic Perspectives, eds. A. Messina and A. Williamson. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

  • Education


    Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    M.P.P, Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government)

    B.A., Howard University

  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Exemplary Diversity Scholar citation, National Center for Institutional Diversity, The University of Michigan, 2013

    Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies, 2012-2013

    Summer Study Grant, Center for International Studies, MIT, 2011 & 2009

    European Union Research Grant, Commission for Educational Exchange - Fulbright-Schuman Program (Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom), 2009 - 2010

    MIT Presidential Fellow, 2006-2007