• 2005 – Ph.D. in Demography – University of Pennsylvania, United States.
  • 2003 – Master’s in Demography – University of Pennsylvania, United States.
  • 2000 – Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing – ITESM Guadalajara.

Academic appointments:

  • Associate Professor, Population Program and Department of Geography, University of Colorado – Boulder. Affiliate Professor, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Colorado – Boulder.
  • Courtesy Affiliate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado – Boulder.
  • Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado – Boulder.
  • Affiliated Researcher at CISIDAT.

Featured projects: Riosmena has extensive experience in issues related to the causes and consequences of migration, including links with or in terms of population health and patterns of health inequality by socioeconomic and ethnic-racial levels. Part of his research has improved the understanding of how migration selectivity affects the health profile of Mexican migrants and those from other countries in the United States, as well as how the well-being, health, and aging of people of Mexican origin in the US are related to the (dis)advantages accumulated during their life course. In addition to this experience, Riosmena also has prominent work in the development of various migration theories and in the relationship between climate change and internal and international migration in and from Mexico.

Research interests:

  • International migration, health, aging, environment, race/ethnicity, inequality, measurement.


  • Riosmena, F. “Environmental change, its social impacts, and migration responses within and out of Latin America: a review and theoretical inquiry.” Forthcoming in Feldman, Andreas E., Jorge Durand, Stephanie Schütze, and Xóchitl Bada (Eds.). The Routledge History of Modern Latin American Migration. New York: Routledge.
  • Riosmena, F., R. Nawrotzki, & L. Hunter. {Abbott, 1998 #1347}“Climate Migration at the Height and End of the Great Mexican Migration Era.” Population and Development Review DOI: 10.1111/padr.12158.
  • Sue, C., & Riosmena, & Lepree, J.GS 2018. “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.
  • Bacon, E.,GS Riosmena, & R. Rogers. 2017. “Does the Hispanic Health Advantage Extend to Better Management of Hypertension? The Role of Socioeconomic Status, Sociobehavioral Factors, and Healthcare Access.” Biodemography and Social Biology 63(3):262-277. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19485565.2017.1353407.
  • Riosmena, F., R. Kuhn, & Jochem.GS 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, 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.
  • Beltrán-Sánchez, H., F. Andrade, & Riosmena. 2015. “Contribution of socioeconomic factors and health care access to the awareness and treatment of diabetes and hypertension among older Mexican adults.” Salud Pública de México 57 (Suppl. 1): S6-S14.
  • Riosmena, F., Everett,GS 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. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imre.120102.
  • Riosmena, F., R. Wong, & A. Palloni. 2013. “Migration, Selection, Protection, and Acculturation in Health: A Binational Perspective on Older Adults.” Demography 50(3):1039-1064. DOI 10.1007/s13524-012-0178-9.
  • Contributing author/panel member in National Research Council. 2013. Options for Estimating Illegal Entries at the U.S.–Mexico Border. A. Carriquiry and M. Majmundar, eds. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13498.