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Mayra Feddersen


Year: Advanced to Candidacy (ABD) - JSP

Email: mfeddersen@berkeley.edu


In 2011, Mayra earned an L.L.M. from Berkeley Law. In 2012, she started her doctoral studies at the Jurisprudence and Policy Program at the University of Berkeley California, where she continues to conduct research on the intersection of immigration and bureaucratic politics in countries with vigorous executive states that have recently experienced an upsurge on immigration flows.

Mayra earned her law degree from Diego Portales University. Between 2006 and 2009, she was an assistant professor of law, and a researcher at the Human Rights Center, both at Diego Portales School of Law. During those years as well, Ms. Feddersen was an active litigator for disenfranchised minorities in national and international courts.

Calvin Morrill, Stephen Rushin, Mayra Feddersen. 2014. "Mobilization of Law." In James D. Wright (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd edition). Oxford, England: Elsevier Limited.

Plaut, V.C., Tecle, A., & Feddersen, M. 2013. A sociocultural analysis of U.S. immigration law and psychology in Tartakovsky, E. (Ed.), Immigration: Policies, Challenges, and Impact. Hauppauge, NY: NOVA Science Publishers.


Attorney at Law, Diego Portales University (Chile)
L.L.M. Berkeley Law (2011)


Bureaucracies, Politics of Immigration, Sociology of Immigration, and Sociology of Law.


Human Rights Fellow 2014, Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law.
Fulbright Scholar in 2012.

Academic Experiences:

Diego Portales School of Law (Chile)
Human Rights Center, Diego Portales University (Chile).
Justice Center for the Americas (Chile).

Employment Experiences:

Assistant Professor of Law and researcher at the Human Rights Center (Diego Portales University, Chile)
Executive Assistant and research assistant at the Justice Center for the Americas (CEJAS)

Dissertation Abstract:

My research is about bureaucratic politics in an emerging policy area within a strong executive state. More specifically, I am using an organizational theory to study how socially skillful bureaucrats navigate a constrained environment producing a new set of immigration policies. I am also looking at the different forms that “participation” takes in a vigorous executive state (e.g. Pro-immigrant groups, political parties, business groups), and the impact that international norms or consensus (i.e. human rights and economic markets) has in the formulation of domestic immigration policies.

Curriculum Vitae