Rosario Rizzo Lara is a MOVES graduate and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University San Bernardino. Her research focuses on Contemporary Migration from Central America to the United States. It particularly looks at the so-called “Caravans of Migrants” from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that crossed into Mexico in 2018 trying to reach the U.S.  The research aims to provide an understanding of the social, economic, cultural and political factors that influenced these abrupt movements, and the new strategies and forms of migration. More importantly, she analyzes this phenomenon from the perspective of Social Movements.

Rosario received her B.S. in International Business Management from Universidad Veracruzana in 2007 in Mexico. She completed her M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. Her thesis focused on an analysis of the resilience mechanisms used by corn farmers to cope with the implementation of NAFTA and the neoliberal model in Mexico. Aside from the thesis, she worked in the implementation of a communitybased solid waste management project in the Dominican Republic.  Also, she holds a Post-Graduate Certificate on US-Mexico Border Studies from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. For that project, she looked at unaccompanied children from the Northern Triangle of Central America that were identified and detained in transit through Mexico.


Rosario Rizzo Lara. La Caminata del Migrante: a social movement.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (15 June 2021).

Rosario Rizzo Lara. “Managing Irregularized Migration in Mexico: Rhetoric of a Renewed Approach.”Journal of Borderland Studies(26 August 2022).

Conference presentations and talks
Rosario Rizzo Lara. “Rethinking Migration as a Social Movement.” Conversations with PhDs, University of Kent, 15 March 2021.

Rosario Rizzo Lara. “The implementation of the New Migration Policy in Mexico: Rhetoric of a Human Rights-based Approach.” Panel: Human Rights in Latin America. International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention “Globalization, Regionalism and Nationalism: Contending Forces in World Politics”, 6-9 April 2021.

Rosario Rizzo Lara. “De la Clandestinidad a la Luz: Resilience Mechanisms Developed by Central American Migrants.” M5 Panel: Migrant Identity and Belonging. 25th Annual World Convention of the association for the Study of Nationalities, 5-8 May 2021 (online).

Rosario Rizzo Lara. “Coping with securitization: The case of Central American Migrants.” Paper presented in the Panel: “Reflecting on human and social capital: The role of soft skills for (im)mobility,” at the 18th IMISCOE  Annual Conference, 7-9 July 2021.

Rosario Rizzo Lara. “Reflexiones geopolíticas sobre la guerra en Ucrania.” Panelist. Universidad Veracruza, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, 9 March 2022.

Rosario Rizzo Lara. “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido.” Keynote speaker, Seminario Permanente de Investigación: Temas Selectos en Migración, Trabajo y Género, Second Ediition. Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, 19 May 2022.

Rosario Rizzo Lara. “Investigating the framing and making of the October 2018 Migrant Caravan.” Digitization of Migration Research Methods: Promises and Pitfalls. IMISCOE Research Methods section. Warsaw, Poland, 30 May 2022.

Invited guest lectures

“Mecanismos de Resiliencia: el caso del Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica.” Guest Lecture in “Centroamérica: Migración, Derechos Humanos y Género” Upper division International Relations course, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, 18 November 2020.

“Una mirada a los mercados nostálgicos en la UE durante la contigencia global.” Programa de Estudios sobre América del Norte. Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, 21 May 2020.

“Repensando la migración como movimiento social.” Guest lecture in the course. “Vinculación 1. Centroamérica: migración y derechos humanos y género. Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, 3 November 2021.

Other activities

“The October 2018 Migrant Caravan: from clandestine migration to a social movement.” Blog post, Migration and Diversity Research Center, VU Amsterdam.

Charla con Rosario Rizzo LaraInterview. InterViú podcast, Agendamx. 4 June 2021. 

“Caravana de personas en movilidad.” Podcast “Mas allá de las Fronteras”. 13 November 2021.

Guest Researcher, Political Science Department, Aarhus University, Denmark, May 2022.
“Doing Online Fieldwork on Social Media Platforms: The Blurred Lines Between Personal and Professional Life.” IMISCOE PhD Network Blog, Special Issue (Autumn 2022).