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Jacqueline Mazza

Jacqueline Mazza

Senior Adjunct Professor


Dr. Mazza is currently an Senior Adjunct Professor in the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Latin American Studies Program. Previously she was Principal Labor Markets Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (1993-2015). She teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America and international development. She has taught at SAIS DC for the previous ten years and at SAIS Europe since Spring of 2014. Dr. Mazza has over 30 years of professional experience in labor markets, employment and development. She is a recognized regional expert in the areas of employment services, social inclusion, and migration and is currently writing in the fields of Venezuelan and Central American migration and labor intermediation services in developing countries.

Her publications include: Venezuelan Migrants Under COVID-19: Managing South America’s Pandemic Amid a Migration Crisis (2020); The U.S. - Mexico Border and Mexican Migration to the United States (2017); Labor Intermediation Services in Developing Economies: Adapting Employment Services for a Global Age (2016); "Migration in a Mobile Age: Perspectives from China, India and the Americas," in Latin America and the Asian Giants: Evolving Ties with China and India, ed. R. Roett and G. Paz (2016); "Connecting Workers to Jobs: Latin American Innovations," in Labor Intermediations Services,  Vol. 4, No. 2, 2013; Latin America Policy; Fast-Tracking Jobs: Advances in Latin America and the Caribbean (Inter-American Development Bank, 2011); Social and Labor Market Policies for Tumultuous Times (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), co-author; "The Other Side of the Fence: Intraregional Migration in the Americas," in Migration Source (Migration Policy Institute,  Washington, DC., February 2010); The Outsiders: The Changing Patterns of Exclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean (Inter-American Development Bank, 2008); "Addressing Exclusion: Social Policy Perspectives from Latin America and the Caribbean," in Inclusive States: Social Policy and Structural Inequalities, ed. Anis Dani and Arjan de Haan (World Bank, 2008), with Mayra Buvinic; and Don’t Disturb the Neighbors: the United States and Democracy in Mexico: 1980-1995 (Routledge, 2003).

She received her PhD and MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Fall 2016 
Fall 2016 
Spring 2015 



  • Latin America
  • Mexico


  • American Foreign Policy
  • Developing Nations
  • Economic Development
  • Labor Economics and Outsourcing
  • Elections and Foreign Policy
  • Emerging Markets
  • Foreign Aid and Global Poverty
  • U.S. Congress and Foreign Policy


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In the News

Despite ally donations, few Venezuelans get COVID-19 vaccine.

Jacqueline Mazza quoted in Associated Press, 07/02

Millions of Venezuelan migrants are out of vaccination plans.

Jacqueline Mazza quoted on Voice of America, 05/17

Latin America’s vaccine gamble with Venezuelan migrants.

Jacqueline Mazza wrote for The Wilson Center, 04/26

Venezuela's Maduro begins allowing aid against hunger, virus.

Jacqueline Mazza quoted in Washington Post, 04/23