She is Professor of Political Science at UNED (National University of Distance Education) and collaborates with Elcano Royal Institute in the areas of International Migration and Public Opinion. She has researched the transitions to democracy in Eastern European countries and the politics of memory and political justice in new democracies, with publications such as The Politics of Memory (Oxford University Press, coedited). Since 2000, she has been working on the impact of international migration in Spain and in Europe as a whole, participating in European research projects such as ITHACA (Integration, Transnational Mobility and Human, Social and Economic Capital Transfers), “New Emigration from European Southern Countries and Ireland”, METOIKOS, (Circular migration patterns in Southern and Central Eastern Europe: Challenges and opportunities for migrants and policy makers), CLANDESTINO (Undocumented Migration: Counting the Uncountable), EURONAT “Representations of Europe and the nation in current and prospective member-states: media, elites and civil society” and in national projects such as “Immigration and the system of political parties in Spain. Comparative perspective “,” Immigration and the representation of the interests of workers in Spain “,”Reducing structural unemployment in Spain: training and employment, labor costs, migration, welfare state and family ” and ” Explaining calm attitudes towards immigrants in Spain”.
Since 2014 she analyzes also the international image of Spain and the Spanish public opinion towards international politics. She has 146 publications reviewed in Google Scholar, with an H index of 17, and is a regular evaluator for the European Research Council, the Spanish ANEP or the La Caixa Foundation. Among her most recent publications The Spanish exception: unemployment, inequality and immigration but no right-wing populist parties stands out for its dissemination through the media and internet.