Fernando Riosmena photo portrait
Associate Professor of Geography • International migration; population geography; social demography, Latin America • Faculty of IBS • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2005
Human Geography

Research Interests

Fernando Riosmena is an Associate Professor at the Population Program and the Geography Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Associate Director of the University of Colorado Population Center. His research aims at improving understanding of the theories, drivers, empirical measurement, and analytical strategies to analyze spatial mobility, with a particular focus on the social, economic, policy, and environmental factors likely influencing international migration between Mexico and the United States. In addition, Riosmena also does research assessing the patterns and explanations of the chronic health status Latin American immigrants arrive with, how this health status changes over time, and how and why it differs between immigrants and their U.S.-born descendants.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Spring 2021 GEOG 6732  Formal Population Geography: Analysis and Forecasting
  • Fall 2020 GEOG 1982  World Regional Geography
  • Summer 2020 GEOG 4292/5292: Migration, Immigrant Adaptation, and Development
  • Fall 2019 GEOG 1982  World Regional Geography
  • Summer 2019 GEOG 4292/5292: Migration, Immigrant Adaptation, and Development
  • Spring 2019 GEOG 1982  World Regional Geography
  • Fall 2018 GEOG 6732 Formal Population Geography
  • Spring 2018 GEOG 3812: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
  • Fall 2017 GEOG 4292/5292: Migration, Immigrant Adaptation, and Development

Recent Publications

Riosmena, F., R. Nawrotzki, & L. Hunter. In press. “Climate Migration at the Height and End of the Great Mexican Migration Era.” Population and Development Review.

Sue, C., & F. Riosmena, & Lepree, J. In press. "The Influence of Social Networks, Social Capital, and the Ethnic Community on the U.S. Destination Choices of Mexican Migrant Men." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1447364. 

Riosmena, F., R. Kuhn, & C. Jochem. 2017. “Explaining the immigrant health advantage: self-selection and protection among five major national-origin immigrant groups in the United States.” Demography 54(1):175-200.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H., A. Palloni, F. Riosmena, & R. Wong. 2016. “SES Gradients among Mexicans in the United States and in Mexico: A New Twist to the Hispanic Paradox?” Demography 53(5):1555-1581.

Riosmena, F. 2016. “The potential and limitations of cross-context comparative research on migration.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 666(1):28-45.

Nawrotzki, R. J., Riosmena, F., Hunter, L. M., & Runfola, D. M. 2015. “Amplification or suppression: Social networks and the climate change – migration association in rural Mexico.” Global Environmental Change 35, 463-474. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.09.002

Riosmena, F., B. Everett, R. Rogers, & J. Dennis. 2015. “Negative Acculturation and Nothing More? Cumulative Disadvantage and Hispanic Mortality during the Immigrant Adaptation Process.” International Migration Review 49(2):443-478. 

Publications updated April 2018