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Kara Ross Camarena

Postdoctoral Scholar

Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago

Kara Ross Camarena, AB’03, MPP’11, is interested in the political economy of migration and violence. Her research examines the political and economic drivers and consequences of migration and migration policy. Her dissertation research focused on international aid policy for refugees and asylum seekers in sub-Saharan Africa. Current research projects examine violence, information, and refugee flight in Burundi and how legacies of violence and economic opportunity impact the return of displaced Christians in Lebanon.

Camarena is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Harris Public Policy and an associate of The Pearson Institute. She received her PhD in Political Science from Harvard University. A Harris alumna, Camarena received both her master of public policy degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she worked in the nonprofit sector in the United States and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania.

Baidoa, Somalia

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