The MMFRP trains the next generation of immigration scholars and advocates. 90% of our student researchers are immigrants or children of immigrants. Our alumni go on to careers in law, policy, healthcare, education, and research.

Director: Abigail Andrews

Dr. Abigail Andrews is a nationally-recognized scholar of Mexico-US migration, immigration enforcement, political advocacy, and gender. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at UCSD and an alumna of the MMFRP (2010-2011). She has directed the program since 2018.

Coordinator: Ana López Ricoy

Ana López Ricoy is a PhD candidate in Sociology at UCSD. A native of Mexico City, she is an expert in state violence and social movements against feminicide. She participated in the MMFRP in 2019-2020 and worked as program TA in Winter 2020.

Student Researchers

We accept 35 graduate and undergraduate student researchers a year. 90% of our researchers are the first in their families to go to college. Most grew up in California to immigrant parents from Mexico or Central America. All are bilingual in Spanish and English.

Click here for bios of our 2020-2021 student team.


MMFRP alumni regularly go on to careers as immigration advocates, in law, policy, research, healthcare, education, and more.


The MMFRP is administered by Ana Minvielle-Blakesley at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UCSD.