Betsabé Román González
Betsabé doing fieldwork with migrant families in Cuentepec, Morelos.
Betsabé participating in the XII LatinAmerican Forum on Interculture, Migration and School life at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 2016.

Betsabé Román González was awarded a 2017 UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship for her project “Transnational Children Returning to American Schools and Communities from Mexico” at UC San Diego. She explores an understudied trajectory of migration by returnees or retornados, young migrants who were born in the United States, lived in Mexico for a period of time and then returned to U.S. communities and schools. Through participant observation and interviews with returnees from Morelos, she hopes to shed light on migration patterns of young migrants moving back and forth between the two countries (e.g., to visit their parents during school breaks) and better understand their experiences in both countries, including how they cope with family separation. Román González is particularly interested in finding out how their reintegration within school, family and community in the U.S. compares to that in Mexico. By learning about their trajectories and experiences in both countries, she seeks to give voice to child migrants in migration studies and inform policy related to this type of migration.

Román González has presented results from her research at a number of academic conferences and forums including the International Conference on Geographies of Children, Youth and Family; the UC-Mexico Initiative’s “The Students We Share”; and the International Studies Associations (both Mexican and International, AMEI and ISA). Her research is being conducted at the Center for US-Mexican Studies (USMEX) at UC San Diego under the supervision of Dr. David FitzGerald, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies.

For additional information, Dr. Román González can be reached at

Betsabé presenting at AMEI (Asociación Mexicana de Estudios Internacionales), Huatulco, Oaxaca, 2017.