Allison Petrozziello

Instructor   PhD in Global Governance, 2023  

Allison Petrozziello 2022
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Allison Petrozziello


PhD in Global Governance, 2023

Allison Petrozziello is a global governance scholar specialized in gender and human rights-based approaches to the governance of migration and citizenship. Her academic work builds on over 15 years of experience in international research, teaching, and advocacy work mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean with stakeholders ranging from grassroots organizations to policymakers to the United Nations. She has consulted for UN Women, the ILO, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), among others. At Laurier, she teaches courses in the School of International Policy and Governance, Political Science, and Women & Gender Studies.

An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Petrozziello’s research interests revolve around gender, migration, international development, human rights, and statelessness. She is committed to connecting research with policy practice to advance human and labour rights of the world’s most marginalized and to address governance concerns around identity documentation, irregular migration, (non)citizenship, and statelessness. Her work has informed United Nations policy recommendations by the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women; UNICEF; UN Committees on the Rights of the Child, Migrant Workers, and CEDAW; and the ILO. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her award-winning dissertation Birth Registration as Bordering Practice: A Feminist Analysis of Migration Governance and the Production of Statelessness, which she discusses in this “Research Chat” podcast interview. Her academic work has been published in English and Spanish in journals, such as International Migration, Gender & Development, The Statelessness and Citizenship Review, Cultural Dynamics, and the Bulletin of Latin American Research.

Dr. Petrozziello is affiliated with the International Migration Research Centre, the Gender+Migration Hub, and the Caribbean Migrants Observatory (OBMICA, Dominican Republic). She holds a PhD in Global Governance from Wilfrid Laurier University/Balsillie School of International Affairs, an MA in International Development & Social Change from Clark University, and a BA in Women’s Studies from Smith College.


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  • Ph.D. Global Governance, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2023
  • M.A. International Development & Social Change, Clark University, 2009
  • B.A. Women’s Studies, Smith College, 2003
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