Visiting fellow

Kristina Fullerton Rico

Predoctoral fellow

Kristina Fullerton Rico is a Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for Racial Justice at the Ford School. Her research examines the social and emotional impacts of U.S. immigration policies that lead unauthorized immigrants and their families to endure long-term separation. Her current projects focus on the experiences of undocumented Mexican immigrants in New York City who are aging out of the workforce, the experiences of older return migrants who find themselves in Mexico after decades in the United States because they were unable to adjust their immigration status, and the experiences of separated parents and children. She recently published an article about grieving from afar in Social Problems. Her work has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and Sociologists for Women in Society.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. in Sociology (expected 2024), University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • M.S. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • B.A. in Sociology, Reed College