Miles Culpepper


My dissertation examines the international politics of migration during Guatemala’s Cold War, focusing on events and historical actors in the United States, Mexico, and Guatemala. Through an examination of both the top-down and bottom-up politics of four decades of exile and migration, the project poses the following questions: under what circumstances and through what mechanisms does the movement of people across borders undermine international partnerships and existing foreign policy commitments? And when migration does challenge the prevailing international order in a region, how do states and non-state actors alike respond? By examining the relationship between exile, migration, and international politics, this project will advance our understanding of the Guatemalan Civil War, a key case study in the historiography of Cold War Latin America, as well as the scholarship on US-Latin American Relations more broadly.