Dr. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes is professor of economics at University of California, Merced, and a Research Fellow at CReAM, FEDEA, GLO and IZA. She also serves as member of the Advisory Council of the Americas Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, as Executive Committee Member of UC Merced Community and Labor Center, and as member of the Advisory Board of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Institute.
Her areas of interest include labor economics, international migration, immigration policy and remittances. She has published on contingent work contracts, the informal work sector, international remittances, as well as on immigrant assimilation and the impact of immigration policies on migrants and the communities where they reside. Her work has been funded by the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), the Hewlett Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, among other agencies. She was the 2020 ASHE (American Society of Hispanic Economists) Outstanding Achievement Award recipient, Department Chair at San Diego State University from 2015-2018, President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE) in 2014, western representative of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) from 2016 through 2021, and the 2013-2014 Border Fulbright García-Robles Scholar. She has held visiting positions at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, the Center for Human Resource at Ohio State University, the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and at the Public Policy Institute of California. She is a proud native of Sevilla, Spain, and mother of two.