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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Diego Fernández-Pagés was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised there by parents from Spain and Puerto Rico. His heritage fostered a desire to learn more about colonialism, borders, and migration—topics he studied as a history major at Yale University. His senior essay focused on US migration policy in Cuba following the occupation of the island during the War of 1898. During the summers, Diego interned at the United States Mission to the European Union, where he developed an interest in international affairs, as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he found a passion for economic justice. After graduating from college in 2018, Diego moved to California to work for the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, on a year-long fellowship. There, he reported on local and state wide economic indicators and provided economic analysis to the community, and researched market trends for local businesses. He also became involved in activism—he served as a translator, researcher, and organizer with the North Bay Organizing Project and others throughout his year in Sonoma County. Apart from his interest in Public Policy, Diego loves biking, running, cooking (and eating), art (viewing and making, but not viewing what he’s made), and doing the crossword. 


Immigration, citizenship, transnational and climate policy; financial justice and regulation; US, EU, and China relations; postcolonial politics.