Erica Dobbs


Erica Dobbs is a PhD candidate in political science at MIT.  Her interests include immigration, collective action and contentious politics, citizenship and identity, and urban politics.  Her dissertation, Constituents without Citizenship: Immigrant Political Incorporation in New Destinations, explores migrant political incorporation in Spain, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. She has received support for this project from the U.S. Fulbright-Schuman Program, the Center for International Studies at MIT, Mellon/ACLS, and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University where she is also a graduate affiliate.

Prior to enrolling at MIT, she spent two years as a lead researcher and field coordinator with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in South Florida, where she worked on local organizing campaigns targeting low-wage immigrant service workers, as well as political campaigns and voter registration drives at both the municipal and county level.


Chapter 6: "Old Grievances New Institutions: Incorporative Activity in Northern Ireland", from Constituents Without Citizenship: Immigrant Political Incorporation in New Destinations Download PDF

“Of Citizenship and Conflict: Immigrant Political Incorporation in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland”.  Prepared for the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 2012.

“Bureaucrats and the Ballot Box: State-Led Political Incorporation in Ireland”.  Working paper.