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Kara Ross Camarena

Assistant Professor

Loyola University Chicago

Kara Ross Camarena is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago and a Faculty Affiliate at The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. She studies the political economy of migration, conflict, and development. Her research asks questions about how human mobility, politics, and economics interact, and she is particularly interested in implications for conflict, development, and foreign aid.  

Her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science and PLOS One. Her new research explores what motivates repatriation agreements between refugee origin and asylum countries.  Another project examines what motivates individuals to repatriate during a crisis.

Kara has done field work in Tanzania, Kenya and Australia. She has consulted with a variety of private and government organizations on program evaluation and migration. Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Kara was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Harris School of Public Policy. She earned a PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University, an MPP from the Harris School of Public Policy and a BA from the College at the University of Chicago. Before returning to the academy, Kara worked in the non-profit sector in the US and in development in Tanzania.  

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Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.