I work at the intersection of American politics and international relations to examine contemporary U.S. immigration policy and politics. I apply approaches and methods from the fields of bureaucratic politics, organizational behavior, and international cooperation to study the governance, administration, and internationalization of contemporary U.S. migration control.

My CV can be accessed here.

Dissertation Project

I work at the intersection of American politics and international relations to examine a) the bureaucratic drivers of U.S. efforts to control migration beyond U.S. borders, and b) the conditions under which Mexican bureaucracies cooperate with U.S. bureaucracies on issues of migration control. I argue that the nature and institutionalization of U.S.-Mexico cooperation on migration control can be explained by entrepreneurial bureaucrats acting transnationally, and their strategic leveraging of structural changes in migration patterns, bureaucratic reputations, and securitized migration shocks. Empirically, I conduct key informant interviews across administrations and across national agencies in the United States and Mexico, along with analyses of congressional records and executive agency reports.


Bautista-Chavez, Angie M. and Sarah James. 2019. “Beyond Likely Voters: An Event Analysis of Conservative Political Outreach." Political Science Quarterly 134(3): 407-443.

Other Publications

Gonzales, Roberto G. and Angie M. Bautista-Chavez. 2014. “Two Years and Counting: Assessing the Growing Power of DACA.” American Immigration Council.

Prchal Svajlenka, Nicole, Tom Jawetz, and Angie Bautista-Chavez. 2017. “A New Threat to DACA Could Cost States Billions of Dollars.” Center for American Progress.

Prchal Svajlenka, Nicole, Angie Bautista-Chavez, and Laura Muñoz Lopez. 2017. “TPS Holders Are Integral Members of the U.S. Economy and Society.” Center for American Progress.