Francisco Lara-Garcia

Francisco Lara-Garcia

Research Interests


Francisco Lara-García is a doctoral candidate and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University in the City of New York. Prior to coming to Columbia, he received a Masters of Urban Planning at Harvard University and a Bachelors in Sociology, Latin American Studies and Political Science from the University of Arizona.

He is the lead investigator for the Mexicans in Albuquerque and Tucson Integration Study (MATIS). This project seeks to better integrate migration studies with urban sociology by investigating the role of contextual factors in producing differential integration paths for immigrants in cities in the U.S. He draws on a variety of qualitative and quantitative strategies for this analysis, including survey, interview and ethnographic methods. You can find out more about Francisco at his personal webpage (


·       Tran, Van C. and Francisco Lara-García. “A New Beginning: Early Refugee Integration in the United States.” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.  Forthcoming.

·   Lara-García, F. (2018). “¿Te vas o te quedas?: variación explicativa en el fenómeno de abandono de vivienda en Tijuana, Baja California.” UNAM Press. Spanish / English thesis

·       Mellon, Jonathan and Francisco Lara-García. “Evaluation of the Guadalajara Visor Urbano Commercial Permitting System’s Effect on Corrupt Practices.” On Behalf of Delivery Associates. 2020




·       M.A. Columbia University

·       Master's in Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

·       B.A., University of Arizona