Erica Dobbs


Erica Dobbs is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Social Science and Policy Forum at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include migration, urban politics, comparative social policy, and organized labor, with a focus on post-industrial Western democracies. Her dissertation, Constituents without Citizenship: Immigrant Political Incorporation in New Destinations, explores variation in civic outreach to new immigrant communities in Western Europe, and this project received external support from the U.S. Fulbright-Schuman Program, Mellon/ACLS, and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard.¬†Other work examines new efforts to organize low-wage immigrant workers in the American South, and the ways in which non-citizens leverage both local and transnational networks in order to gain access to health care and other forms of social protection.

Erica received her PhD in 2013. 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 targeting minority communities. She received her Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2004, and a BA in History from Howard University in 2000.